POLICE have doubled the number of drug raids they’ve carried out, over the last five years.
Figures from a Home Office report revealed there were 2,373 drug busts last year in North Wales, compared to 1,220 in 2003.
Over the last 12 months, North Wales Police made 406 drug arrests in Wrexham county and a further 225 in Flintshire.
Commenting on the figures, Wrexham Assembly member Lesley Griffiths said: “The latest statistics show increased seizures in all three classes of drugs across the UK – an increase of 17% over the previous year nationally. Police and customs agents have upped their game and this is the result – more arrests.”
North Wales AM Eleanor Burnham reinforced her comments and is worried the region’s drugs problem is getting out of hand.
“I have been talking with Wrexham police inspector Chris Beasley about this issue, things are getting worse,” she said.
“He told me they had to scratch around for money to fund a sniffer dog, which tells you there’s something wrong with the system. Those dogs are worth their weight in gold.
“A lot of these people are repeat offenders. We need a rational debate about drugs and the health issues involved or the misery and suffering will continue.”
North Wales Police declined to comment.