Drug seizures 'a minor business cost for organised crime'

By agency reporter
November 11, 2017

This week the Home Office released data on illegal drug seizures, saying they have fallen by six per cent.  

Martin Powell, Head of Campaigns at Transform Drug Policy Foundation said, “Like alcohol Prohibition, global drug prohibition has gifted a vast criminal opportunity to organised crime groups, who control the international drugs market.

Even the UK Government’s recent evaluation of its own strategy acknowledged that the illicit drug market is so resilient that enforcement has only localised and short-lived impacts, and traffickers can easily recoup the cost of any seizures.

“What are portrayed as massive seizures are a minor cost of business for organised crime, less significant than the two per cent food wastage supermarkets like Morrisons factor into their supply chains.

UK police, customs and the Navy seize just one per cent of heroin destined for the UK, but a report from Downing Street concluded that seizures of 60-80 per cent would be needed to put dealers out of business.

The only way to take the market from criminals is to put governments in control by legally regulating drugs – as Canada is currently preparing to do for its cannabis market. ”

* Read Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, financial year ending 2017 here

*Transform is a charitable think tank that campaigns for the legal regulation of drugs both in the UK and internationally. http://www.tdpf.org.uk/

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