Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (136)

Carol Nolan

Question:

136. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Finance if data is available on the amount of illegal drugs seized from persons entering and leaving the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7888/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that the overall number, value and volume of drugs seized by Revenue in 2019 and 2020 is set out in the table in Attachment A.

No. of Seizures

Quantity

Value

Type of Drug

2019

2020

2019

Kg

2020

Kg

2019

€m

2020

€m

Cannabis (Herbal & Resin)

2,284

5,053

515

1,439

10

28.6

Cocaine, Heroin

231

161

64

123

4.5

10.2

Amphetamines, Ecstasy, Other

7,764

10,500

2,650

3,059

9.1

6

Total

10,279

15,714

3,229

4,621

23.6

44.8

I am assured by Revenue that combatting the smuggling of controlled drugs into and out of this jurisdiction is, and will continue to be, a priority. Revenue’s work against drugs crime is extensive and multi-faceted and is kept under constant review to ensure that it makes the most effective contribution possible to dealing with this societal problem, in the overall framework of the Government’s National Drugs Strategy 2017-2025. Revenue also works closely with national and international partners, including An Garda Siochána, in addressing the challenges and risks of drugs smuggling.