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Drugs: Sussex

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been found guilty of offences of drug (a) possession and (b) dealing in (i) Sussex and (ii) Lewes constituency in each year since 1997. (304276)

The number of persons found guilty at all courts in the Sussex police force area for offences of possession, and supplying or offering to supply, a controlled drug, from 1997 to 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

Data are not available at parliamentary constituency level.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts in the Sussex police force area for offences of possession, and supplying or offering to supply, a controlled drug, from 1997 to 20071, 2

Offence description

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Having possession of a controlled drug

525

533

475

433

581

621

593

476

510

524

638

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply

104

102

84

54

72

96

103

71

61

72

113

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug

45

66

46

31

25

55

57

70

164

152

103

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services: Ministry of Justice.