Dáil Éireann - Volume 646 - 07 February, 2008
Written Answers. - Drugs in Prisons.
Deputy Joanna Tuffy Deputy Joanna Tuffy
Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of seizures of illegal drugs in prisons; the value of such seizures in 2007 and in each of the preceding five years; and if he will provide a breakdown of the seizures in each prison. [4465/08]
Deputy Brian Lenihan Deputy Brian Lenihan
Deputy Brian Lenihan: The confiscation of drugs (or suspected drugs) is recorded by our prisons under the generic description of “prohibited articles/substances”. An accurate breakdown of statistics as requested by the Deputy is not available without the manual examination of records going back over a considerable time period.
Such an examination would require a disproportionate and inordinate amount of staff time and effort and could not be justified in current circumstances where there are other significant demands on resources.
Dáil Éireann 646 Written Answers. Drugs in Prisons.