Written Answers. - Drug Traffic.

72.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of people who have been sentenced to jail terms this year for selling drugs on the streets; and the sentences in each case.

Information in the precise form sought by the Deputy could not be compiled except by examination of individual records. That would require the diversion of staff resources which would be unwarranted particularly having regard to the fact that in due course information on drug offenders and offences is published in the Garda Commissioner's annual crime report and the annual report on prisons and places of detention.

73.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of seizures of drugs which have occurred this year up to the latest date for which figures are available, the quantities and street value; and the figures for each of the last two years for the same period.

The information sought is set out in the attached statement.

1/1/84—30/9/84

1/1/85—30/9/85

1/1/86—30/9/86

No. of Drugs Seizures

1,325

1,284

1,076

*Street value of drugs seized

£218,000

£849,000

£212,000

Quantities of drugs seized

Cannabis Resin

11.20 kg.

2.80 kg.

6.76 g.

Cannabis

2.80 kg.

63.60 kg.

.4kg.

Cannabis Plants

715

7,676

294

Pethidine

313 g.

Opium Plants

80

1,520

Cocaine

76.00 g.

7.00 g.

145.00 g.

Heroin

404.00 g.

1,065.00 g.

515.00 g.

Opium

120 g.

Morphine

124 t.

.225 g.

Psilocin

105 g.

42.826 g.

LSD

247 u.

29 u.

102 u.

Barbiturates

137 t.

9 t.

Amphetamines

.005 g.

84.63 g.

7.29 g.

Synthetic Opiates

250 m.l.

198 t 17.62 m.l.

60 t 755 m.l.

g.—gramme; kg.—kilogramme; m.l.—millilitre; t.—tablet; u.—unit.

*Estimated by the Garda authorities and, because of variable factors in the illegal sale of drugs, the figures are of necessity a rough estimate.