Gibraltar police marine section recovers 12 bales of cannabis

© Royal Gibraltar Police.

Sir John Chapple police boat.

OFFICERS of the Royal Gibraltar Police Marine section seem to be on top form at the moment, regularly policing incursions into Gibraltar waters and often seizing contraband and boats.

On the early morning of January 30 they were involved again in a high speed chase after investigating a radar contact off Europa Point during a regular patrol.

As the suspect RHIB vessel containing four passengers did not stop when challenged, it was assumed that the crew were involved in some form of illegal activity and during a high speed chase, they were seen to discard a number of bales whilst they fled to the relative safety of international waters.

The police crew on board the Sir John Chapple searched the area and collected 12 sealed bales weighing 360 kilograms which when opened were seen to contain cannabis which the RGP estimated as having a value of more than £1.75 million (€2.25 million).

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    • Malcolm Kyle

      01 February 2016 • 11:40

      Advance Edited Version, 4 September 2015:

      25. The Special Rapporteur has observed that criminalizing drug use and possession has led to risky forms of drug use designed to evade criminal prohibitions, which has in turn resulted in increased health risks for drug users. Risky forms of drug use may include the sharing of syringes and injection supplies, hurried or risky injecting and the use of drugs in unsafe places. The preparation of drugs in a hurry, to avoid detection by law enforcement officers, may increase the risk of overdose, vascular accidents and infections. The Special Rapporteur has noted that criminalizing drug use and possession may lead to an increased risk of illness, including from HIV infection, among people who use drugs (see A/65/255, paras. 25-26).

      29. The Special Rapporteur has identified many ways in which criminalizing drug use and possession impedes the achievement of the right to health. He has called for the decriminalization of drug use and possession as an important step towards fulfilling the right to health. He has noted that decriminalizing drug use cannot be equated with legalizing it. Decriminalization means that drug use and possession remain legally prohibited but that criminal penalties, if they are applied at all, are minor and of a noncustodial nature. Legalization, by contrast, involves no prohibition of the relevant conduct. (see A/65/255, para. 62).

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