Close to 11,000 seizures of illicit and prescribed drugs were made by prison authorities on both sides of the Border over the past seven years, new figures reveal.
A total of 8,524 drug seizures were made in the Republic’s 14 prisons between 2010 and July 2017, while 2,266 drug seizures were made between 2010 and June 2016 in Northern Ireland’s four prisons. Mountjoy in Dublin and Maghaberry in
Co Antrim had the highest number of seizures.
The data, which was obtained by Belfast-based investigative outlet, The Detail, also shows that in Northern Ireland’s jails prescription drugs are more likely to be misused by prisoners than illicit class A drugs such as heroin or cocaine.
Source: Maresa Fagan, The Irish Times, 09/10/17