It’s official: These are the drug capitals of the UK
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The drug capitals of the UK have been revealed and there are a few shocks.
Predictable giants Manchester and London are joined by supposed narcotic backwaters like Cleveland and Hampshire.
We crunched Home Office stats on the quantity of drugs seized by each police force. See if your region made the illustrious list
Cocaine – London, duh
Police seized 422kg of cocaine in the 2018/19 financial year. A fitting unit of time for the city with three and a half times as much cocaine as everywhere else. Nottingham, Manchester, and Brighton all make strong contributions to the cocaine league table.
The top five areas for cocaine seized:
London – 422kg
Nottinghamshire – 118kg
Greater Manchester – 35kg
Sussex – 23kg
Northumbria – 16kg
Ecstasy – Manchester
Keen to never, ever let go, Manchester find themselves nearly doubling the ecstasy quantities of everywhere else.
Elsewhere, notable gurning counties include Essex, Devon, and Cornwall.
The top five areas for ecstasy seized, measured by doses seized:
Greater Manchester -115,000
Essex – 64,000
London – 58,000
Devon and Cornwall – 18,000
Sussex – 15,000
Ketamine – Essex
Now, you don’t necessarily associate Essex with ketamine. But, the horse tranquiliser is probably the most regionally diverse substance on our list.
The top five regions for ketamine, by kilograms seized:
Essex – 6kg
Leicestershire – 5kg
London – 3kg
Northumbria – 2kg
Sussex – 1kg
Cannabis – Cleveland (?)
Why are people from Cleveland the biggest stoners in the country? Boasting Middlesborough, Hartlepool, and Stockton-on-Tees – none of which jump out as stops on the Pineapple Express – the region seems to have its secrets. With 870kg of cannabis seized by police, it’s leading the way. Massive shout-outs to Derbyshire and Hampshire also.
The top five areas for kilograms of cannabis seized by police:
Cleveland – 870kg
London – 731kg
Derbyshire – 644kg
Hampshire – 460kg
Greater Manchester – 360kg
Despite stereotypes, London gets beaten by quite a few obscure parts of the country. So to balance it out, here’s a stat: the City London has over 15 times as much cocaine per million people as anywhere else in the country.
Overall, way more drugs are being seized by police. Of cocaine, the Home Office report says: “The quantity of cocaine seized also increased by 6,307 kg from 3,338 kg in 2017/18 to 9,645 kg in 2018/19. This is the largest quantity of cocaine seized since recording began in 1973.”
For MDMA, it’s a similar story, with the report finding: “The quantity of ecstasy seized increased from 0.7 million doses in 2017/18 to 2.2 million doses in 2018/19. This was the highest quantity seized since 2006/07.”