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Psychoactive substances arrests/charges - 544/18

Date Responded 25 June 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. The number of arrests in relation to Legal Highs or New Psychoactive Substances: 

i) 2016/17 (Full Year)

ii) 2017/ 2018 (Full Year)

Please split the number of arrests between: supplying, production to supply, possession with intent to supply, importation and possession in a custodial institution.

 2. The number of charges in relation Legal Highs or New Psychoactive Substances: 

i) 2016/17 (Full Year)

ii) 2017/18 (Full Year)

Please split the number of charges between: supplying, production to supply, possession with intent to supply, importation and possession in a custodial institution.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The following HO codes were searched for regarding the two years requested to offer a response to this request:

Produce a psychoactive substance

Supply a psychoactive substance

Offer to supply a psychoactive substance

Possess a psychoactive substance with intent to supply

Import a psychoactive substance

Export a psychoactive substance

Possess a psychoactive substance in a custodial institution

 

1.

Offence                                                                            2016/17     2017/18    

Possess a psychoactive substance with intent to supply.            12                            

Supply a psychoactive substance.                                            14             4             

 

2.

Charges or Postal requisitions                                            2016/17     2017/18    

Possess a psychoactive substance with intent to supply.           5                            

Supply a psychoactive substance.                                           3             1            

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