Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Ceisteanna (152, 153)

Gino Kenny

Ceist:

152. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons arrested for cannabis-related offences in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14385/19]

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Gino Kenny

Ceist:

153. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cannabis grow house seizures in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14386/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 and 153 together.

As the Deputy will appreciate, data of this nature is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the information he requested is not available in the manner specified as the offences are not categorised in such a manner on PULSE.

Data on drugs generally is provided in PULSE incidents recorded by An Garda Síochána. Table 1 (2013 - 2018) attached relates to Drug Offences, including Simple Possession; Possession of Drugs for Sale or Supply; Importation of Drugs and Cultivation or Manufacture of Drugs. Table 2 (2013 -2018) attached relates to Cultivation or Manufacture of Drugs Offences.

I can inform the Deputy that intelligence-led operations have resulted in the recent discovery by An Garda Síochána of a number of grow houses, including cannabis material with an estimated street value of €235,000 in Carlow; and material with an estimated street value of €40,000 in Louth.

Table 1 - PULSE incidents recorded* for Drug Offences including Simple Possession; Possession of Drugs for Sale or Supply; Importation of Drugs and Cultivation or Manufacture of Drugs for the past six years, from 2013 to 2018

Year

Number of Individuals

2013

12,695

2014

12,683

2015

12,221

2016

13,257

2017

14,261

2018

15,462

Table 2 - PULSE incidents recorded* for Cultivation or Manufacture of Drugs Offences for the past six years, from 2013 to 2018

Year

Number of Incidents

2013

419

2014

360

2015

251

2016

272

2017

265

2018

211

*Information is based on operational data as of 26 March 2019, and is provisional and subject to change.