Police arrest 62 for peddling drugs in classrooms

20th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2006, BARCELONA — Sixty-two people have been arrested for trafficking in drugs in schools, police said on Thursday.

20 July 2006

BARCELONA — Sixty-two people have been arrested for trafficking in drugs in schools, police said on Thursday.

The majority of the arrests took place in Catalonia and the Canary Islands.

Police said the arrests, over the past five months, were the result of a new operation in which officers are stationed outside school premises and gather intelligence from pupils and teachers.

They also said between 10 January and 31 May, 2,963 operations had been carried out to stop drug dealing in 1,560 schools and colleges.

Cannabis and cocaine were the principle drugs seized. 

The consumption of cannabis by teenagers has doubled over the past ten years, from 18.2 percent in 1994 to 36.4 percent in 2004.

Cocaine consumption has more than quadrupled from 1.8 percent to 7.2 during the same period.

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Subject: Spanish news

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