What illegal drugs are most popular where you live? Largest narcotics busts revealed in each area of the UK

January 24, 2018 lil teryan 0 Comments


Amphetamines, cocaine and heroin proved to be the most popular drugs in most counties after cannabis, as this new map of seizures in England and Wales shows.

Amphetamines were the most popular after cannabis in six areas - Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Wales, Avon and Somerset, Nottinghamshire and Tyne and Wear.

The highest quantities of the stimulant were seized in these counties over any other drug apart from cannabis.

Cocaine was seized the most frequently in London, Lincolnshire, West Midlands and Merseyside.

Methadone and anabolic steroids were the most popular only in West Yorkshire.

And heroin was seized the most in Devon and Cornwall and in Humberside.

These figures may indicate that heroin is now more popular than amphetamines in the south east, Cornwall Live reports.

UK map of illegal substances (Image: Google Maps)


Heroin seizures increased in the south west, with tens of thousands of doses seized by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2016/17.

The latest figures from the Home Office have revealed that a total of seven kilogrammes (kg) of heroin were seized by police in Devon and Cornwall within this time - up from just four kg in 2015/16.

It is enough for 70,000 doses of heroin - or about one 100 milligramme (mg) dose for every 25 people living in the counties.

This average is higher than in other counties, as a total of 238kg of the Class A drug was seized across the country.

It means it is the equivalent of 2.4 million doses, or one for every 23 people.

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A further 537kg of heroin, or 5.4 million doses, were seized by the UK Border Force from people attempting to smuggle it into the country.

The figures mean there was more heroin seized in Devon and Cornwall last year than amphetamines, which were previously the most popular drug in the region.

Just 3kg of amphetamines were confiscated by police in Devon and Cornwall in 2016/17 - or one dose for every 29 people - down from 5kg the year before.

In fact, only cannabis outstripped heroin in terms of how much was seized by Devon and Cornwall Police, which is unsurprising considering it is the most commonly-used illicit drug throughout the world.

A total of 75kg of herbal cannabis, 5kg of cannabis resin and 6,181 cannabis plants were taken in by police in the region.

Another commonly-seized drug in the region is cocaine, with 3kg confiscated by Devon and Cornwall Police last year - one 50mg dose for every 29 people in the area.

While the quantities of drugs seized in an area don’t always reflect the amount of drugs being taken, they give a good indication of their popularity.

according to Home Office statistics, there were 138,955 drug seizures in total across England and Wales in 2016/17 which represents a 6% decrease compared with the previous year (which had 148,553).

This is the fifth consecutive annual fall and the lowest number of seizures since 2004.

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