Khat Possession (1800_15)

Request

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. My request relates to khat, which as you know, became a class C drug from 24 June 2014. I would like the following information from West Midlands Police, and please note that my request comes in three parts:

 

Part one:

 

According to a Home Office factsheet (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/341917/Khat_leaflet_A4_v12__2_.pdf), from 24 June 2014, police will be able to use khat warnings and penalty notices for disorder (PND) for £60 to adults. I would like to know how many people, since 24 June 2014, have been:

 

issued a khat warning for the first possession offence?

issued a PND for the second possession offence?

 

Part two:

 

I would also like to know, since 24 June 2014, the number of people who have been arrested on suspicion of:

 

producing of or being concerned in the production of khat?

supplying or offering to supply or being concerned in supplying or offering to supply khat?

possessing khat?

possessing khat with an intent to supply khat?

permitting premises to be used for the unlawful purpose of khat?

importing or exporting khat?

 

I would also like to know how many of those arrests led to being charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. I would then like to know how many of those charged led to convictions, and please provide a brief description of the details of the case resulting a conviction.

 

Part three:

 

As I understand from a Home Office circular (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322469/011_2014AnnexA.pdf), police forces are required to record seizures, therefore I would like to know how much khat has been seized by West Midlands Police since 24 June 2014.

Response

Part one:

 

I would like to know how many people, since 24 June 2014, have been:

 

issued a khat warning for the first possession offence?

issued a PND for the second possession offence? 

 

5 recorded crimes, 1 warning, 1 caution, 1 PND, 1 No further Action, 1 outcome not recorded

 

Part two:

 

I would also like to know, since 24 June 2014, the number of people who have been arrested on suspicion of:

 

producing of or being concerned in the production of khat?

supplying or offering to supply or being concerned in supplying or offering to supply khat?

possessing khat?

possessing khat with an intent to supply khat?

permitting premises to be used for the unlawful purpose of khat?

importing or exporting khat?

 

= 9

 

I would also like to know how many of those arrests led to being charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. I would then like to know how many of those charged led to convictions, and please provide a brief description of the details of the case resulting a conviction.

 

Outcomes

 

3= No further action

4 = Charged

1 = PND

1 = Caution

 

No conviction data held as cases are ongoing

 

 

Part three:

 

As I understand from a Home Office circular (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322469/011_2014AnnexA.pdf), police forces are required to record seizures, therefore I would like to know how much khat has been seized by West Midlands Police since 24 June 2014. 

 

We have searched our records and there is no recorded information held

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