Police drug seizures

A graph of Number of marijuana and cocaine/crack cocaine exhibits analyzed in BC, 1997-2010

In 2010, the most frequently identified controlled drug or substance in analysed exhibits from British Columbia seizures was marijuana (6,072) followed by cocaine/crack cocaine (3,634). Looking at trends over time, marijuana has historically had substantially higher numbers of exhibits analysed since 1997 and the numbers peaked around the year 2000 and started a decreasing trend to 2006 from which point it has shown more fluctuation. For cocaine/crack cocaine, the numbers were also fairly substantial and increased fairly steadily until about 2008 when numbers started to decrease. For more information on what types of drugs were seized in BC from 1997 to 2010, see the trends section (to be published here soon).

Notes:

  • This data is drawn from the police drug seizures component of the BC alcohol and other drug monitoring project, which seeks to provide indicators of emerging or changing patterns in substances seized by law enforcement agencies across BC. This component was completed in 2010.
  •  Drug enforcement activities may vary with the extent, focus and effectiveness of interception/detection activities by police and Canada Border Services Agency which in turn has an impact on the number of exhibits analysed by Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service (DAS). As a result, exhibits analysed by DAS may not necessarily represent a one-to-one correspondence with the number of police seizures.