Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (160)

Gino Kenny

Question:

160. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the street value of cannabis seized by An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14393/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the attached table from data available in the 2013 to 2017 annual reports of An Garda Síochána, the 2018 annual report is not yet published.

The continued disruption of the supply of all illicit drugs remains a priority for An Garda Síochána and the other state agencies tasked with responsibilities in this regard. An Garda Síochána remains resolute in its determination to act against those within society who pose a significant threat to the welfare and well-being of our citizens and the communities they serve. A core focus of the work carried out by An Garda Síochána is aimed at tackling drug distribution and organised crime.

In this regard, recent intelligence-led operations have resulted in significant drugs seizures by An Garda Síochána, including a seizure of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €200,000 in Longford in February; and a seizure of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €360,000 in Dublin earlier this month.

Tabular Statement

Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Cannabis Herb (grams/mls/plant)

925,883

1,226,027

558,678

479,695

2,597,258

Value

€18,517,659.00

€24,520,543.00

€11,173,554.00

€9,593,907.00

€53,290,457.00

Cannabis Plants* (grams/mls/plant)

28,851

15,463

12,539

7,273

9,046

Value

€23,080,800.00

€12,370,400.00

€10,031,084.00

€5,818,247.00

€7,237,175.00

Cannabis Resin(grams/mls/plant)

624,566

528,756

263,363

59,089

79,007

Value

€3,747,395.00

€3,172,534.00

€1,580,178.00

€354,533.00

€593,945.00

Yearly Total

€45,345,854.00

€40,063,477.00

€22,784,816.00

€15,766,687.00

€61,121,577.00

* Cannabis plants are calculated based on figures recorded on PULSE as not all plants seized are routinely sent to the FSL.