What happens to the drugs seized by the police?


Despite progress in cannabis legislation, weed remains forbidden in many countries. As a result, hundreds of tons of cannabis are seized every year. In France, about 50 tons are confiscated each year, while in the United Kingdom, the police seize about 20 tons annually and in Spain, the authorities recover several hundred tons of marijuana each year. In addition, there are seizures of other drugs such as cocaine, heroin and many others, which are seized in far smaller quantities than cannabis. What do the judicial services do with the seized cannabis? They usually keep a sample of the cannabis until the trial takes place and destroy the rest. This means that hundreds of tons of cannabis ends up in the incinerator every year worldwide. How are drugs seized by the police stored? As soon as the police seize a drug, whatever its nature (cannabis, cocaine, MDMA, etc.), they place it under seal. This is because it is evidence that must be preserved in its original state, inventoried and recorded, to be used in a future trial. The first step is therefore to collect a sample and have it analysed to determine its exact nature and, if possible, its origin. These samples are kept by the police for the duration of the investigation and then by the court registry pending trial. As for the rest of the confiscated drugs, they cannot be kept indefinitely because of the risk of theft or the health problems (mould and other) that such storage would cause. They are therefore usually destroyed. However, there may be some time between seizure and destruction, as the order must be given by the magistrate and the destruction must be organised under very specific security conditions. In practice, confiscated drugs are usually placed in safes or vaults in police stations…

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