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Revealed: How much ecstasy is being seized in Cornwall

Revealed: How much ecstasy is being seized in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 1st February 2020.

It is being claimed that the rate of ecstasy seized in Devon and Cornwall last year was higher than anywhere else in the country.

The latest drug seizure figures from the Home Office show that Devon and Cornwall Police made 218 seizures of ecstasy in 2018-19.

At 124 seizures per million residents, it was the highest rate for any police force in England and Wales, barring the City of London, where a small resident but large transient population can skew the figures.

Ecstasy - also known as MDMA - is categorised as a Class A drug, which are considered to be the most harmful.

Possession carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison plus an unlimited fine, while those caught supplying it face life in prison.

The Police Federation has warned that a "proliferation of illicit drugs on the streets of the UK" is being used to fund serious crime, following the first rise in drug seizures across England and Wales for seven years.

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Simon Kempton, operational policing lead for the Police Federation, said the figures demonstrate "the importance of all law enforcement agencies in the UK working in a joined up way" to tackle organised crime.

"These figures also reflect the huge amount of drugs which are available, as both prices and purity of drugs available on the street don’t seem to have been affected.

"This is a concern which underlines how there is a proliferation of illicit drugs on the streets of the UK, all of which goes to fund serious organised crime."

Simon Kempton, Police Federation

Overall, Devon and Cornwall Police recorded 4,521 drug seizures during the year, an increase of 11%.

The figures mean there were 2,565 seizures for every million residents, higher than the rate of 2,432 per million across England and Wales.

The most frequently seized drug was cannabis (3,072) followed by cocaine (544).

You can find all the source data here.

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"Tackling drug supply and disrupting the activity of criminal networks and the misery they cause remains a key priority for us. 

"Thanks to the hard work of officers there are now fewer drugs on the streets, more people have been safeguarded and we can reassure the public that we are committed to tackling serious and organised crime. 

"These figures send a clear message that we are pro-active in tackling drugs and will do all that we can to disrupt the supply of drugs.

"If you have any information about suspected drug related activity or if you have concerns about vulnerable people who are potentially being exploited, contact Devon and Cornwall Police via or by phone on 101."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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