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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 November, 2004, 16:38 GMT
At-a-glance: Anti-drug plans
Key points of new drug busting plans unveiled by the government on Thursday:

  • Police will be able to give people blood tests for drugs when they arrest them, not just when they charge them with an offence.

  • Dealers working near a school or using children to help sell drugs will face tougher penalties.

  • Those caught with more drugs than reasonable for personal use will automatically be guilty of intent to supply, rather than simple possession.


  • Young offenders will have to attend drug treatment as part of community service.

  • A scheme offering offenders treatment will extend to 32 new areas from April 2005 so that by 2008 about 1,000 offenders a week will start the programme.

  • Refusing to agree to an intimate body search for drugs will count against a suspect in court.

  • Courts will be able to detain suspects who swallow a package to hide evidence for up to an extra 192 hours "until it becomes available again".

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  • "Yobs" using drugs could be issued with an order to have drug counselling at the same time as getting anti-social behaviour orders.

  • Police will be able to go into premises, such as crack houses, to get them closed down.

  • From early January 2005, there will be a special enforcement plan focussing on crack house closures and associated gun crime.

  • Programme of education for young people to be "enhanced".

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