As the volume and value of illegal drugs being brought into the Island escalates, Jersey Customs have decided to inform local newspaper and radio stations in an offender’s home town about their case.The scheme is being staged in conjunction with the Jersey Evening Post, on whose news reports the information will be based, and White Knight Public Relations.
It involves the issuing of statements to the local media in the UK of individuals convicted of drugs crime in Jersey.
The aim is to deter potential drug smugglers from targeting Jersey and to increase awareness of the Island’s tough law enforcement policy.Over the past three years the value of drugs seized by Customs officers at the ports has increased significantly.
Since 2001 seizures have exceeded £2 million a year and this figure has increased still further in 2003.
Of the 85 commercial illegal imports carried out in that time, only seven were attempted by local residents.