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Pyschoactive Substances Act Arrests and Charges

Question

Please could you provide me with the following information, since the commencement of the Psychoactive Substances Act in May 2016 until the date of the most recently available figures:

1. The number of people arrested under the act (please specify under what part of the act they were arrested)

2. The number of people charged (please specify under what part of the act they were charged)

3. The number of people dealt with by other means

Answer

Twenty three individuals were arrested.

Seven individuals were charged for “Possess a psychoactive substance with intent to supply”.

One individual at the time of your request was still under investigation, no further action was taken in respect of fifteen.

FOI reference: 1297/17.

Date of request: 23.10.17.