Around a gram of cocaine seized every three minutes on Merseyside; The amount seized by police is at its highest level in eight years.
Byline: Tom Belger
Police seized around a gram of cocaine every three minutes on Merseyside last year.
Officers took almost 160kg ofcocaineout of the hands of criminals in 2016-17.
The huge haul appears to be the biggest in eight years in the region.
Figures from the Home Office also suggest a jump in cannabis resin and plant seizures across Merseyside.
Police have seized 25,608cannabis plantslocally in the past year - the equivalent of a plant around every 20 minutes.
They also took laid their hands on more than 125kg of cannabis resin, mainly in raids on properties in the region.
The area has also seen the amount ofamphetaminesconfiscated soar in 2017, with figures suggesting 30,080 doses were seized.
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Across England and Wales as a whole, police found 5,516kg in 2017 - equal to about a gram every six seconds.
This was the biggest quantity seized in a year since 2003, according to the figures, with the amounts found rising steadily since 2009 over the period.
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Most of the quantity of cocaine was seized by the Border Force, 4,503kg in total.
However, seizures by police forces were the bigger driver in the increasing quantities of the drug found last year.
In 2017, the quantity of cocaine seized by the Border Force increased by 28% from 2016.
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The quantity of cocaine seized by police forces increased by 43%.
Three-fifths of seizures of cocaine were each under one gram in weight, with 3% weighing 500g or more.
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New figures show police seized a gram of cocaine every three minutes on Merseyside last year