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<p>Sentencing and fines imposed in individual cases are a matter for the independent
courts, within the limits set by Parliament and following sentencing guidelines.</p><p>
</p><p>The number of persons found guilty, fined and given a custodial sentence for
class A, class B and class C drug offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, in
England and Wales, from 2009 to 2013 (the latest data available) can be viewed in
the table below.</p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"><strong>Persons found guilty,
fined and given a custodial sentence for class A, class B and class C drug offences
under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, England and Wales 20092013 <sup>(1)(2)(3)</sup></strong></td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Total
guilty</td><td>Total Fine</td><td>Immediate Custody</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>2009</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class A drug offences
<sup>(4)</sup></td><td>20,293</td><td>5,915</td><td>5,627</td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class B drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>25,565</td><td>11,801</td><td>1,459</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class C drug offences
<sup>(4)</sup></td><td>2,977</td><td>792</td><td>625</td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class unspecified drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>271</td><td>3</td><td>237</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various triable
either way offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(5)</sup></td><td>232</td><td>78</td><td>40</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various summary
offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(6)</sup></td><td>3</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>2010</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class
A drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>18,632</td><td>5,450</td><td>5,343</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class B drug offences
<sup>(4)</sup></td><td>38,284</td><td>16,678</td><td>2,969</td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class C drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>1,811</td><td>600</td><td>245</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class unspecified
drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>368</td><td>3</td><td>296</td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various triable either way
offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(5)</sup></td><td>241</td><td>79</td><td>32</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various summary
offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(6)</sup></td><td>2</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>2011</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class
A drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>16352</td><td>4766</td><td>4857</td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class B drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>41524</td><td>17655</td><td>3705</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class C drug offences
<sup>(4)</sup></td><td>1655</td><td>591</td><td>180</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class unspecified drug offences <sup>(4)</sup></td><td>376</td><td>6</td><td>316</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various triable
either way offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(5)</sup></td><td>233</td><td>81</td><td>31</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various summary
offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(6)</sup></td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>2012</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class
A Drug</td><td>15184</td><td>5009</td><td>4721</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class B Drugs</td><td>40526</td><td>15814</td><td>3428</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class C Drugs</td><td>1222</td><td>391</td><td>96</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class Unspecified</td><td>288</td><td>0</td><td>253</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various triable
either way offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(5)</sup></td><td>177</td><td>74</td><td>13</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>2013</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class
A Drug</td><td>15,426</td><td>5,086</td><td>4,924</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class B Drugs</td><td>39,407</td><td>15,162</td><td>3,280</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class C Drugs</td><td>1,108</td><td>334</td><td>107</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Class Unspecified</td><td>318</td><td>0</td><td>271</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Various triable
either way offences under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 <sup>(5)</sup></td><td>222</td><td>97</td><td>18</td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>() = Nil</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="10">(1)
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.
However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative
data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken
to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into
account when those data are used.</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td>
</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="10">(2)
The conviction statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal
offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of
two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty
is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence
selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.</td></tr></tbody></table>

