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Figures show increased number of drug arrests this year

In 2017 163 people were arrested for drug trafficking, of whom 57 were sentenced from between one month to 10 years in prison.

At the end of September the number of arrests for 2018 stood at 157. So far seven of those have been sentenced, with the sentences imposed ranging from six months to five years in prison.

The arrested persons were involved in 115 cases of drug trafficking in 2017 and 104 until the end of September this year.

Last year, the drug prevention department investigated 950 cases of illegal drug use, involving 1,094 people. Some 912 persons were accused of drug possession during the same time period. In 2018, 911 criminal cases were investigated, involving 1,019 persons.

These figures were released on Thursday by Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou in response to a question from Edek MP Elias Myrianthous.

He also said that over the past three years, 3,384 addicts were included in treatment programmes, 1,304 in 2015, 1,286 in 2016 and 1,294 in 2017.

 

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