Drug Crimes Compared With All Criminal Cases

"Drug crime was the primary offence in connection with almost 14,900 penal sanctions, slightly more than 44 per cent of all penal sanctions in criminal cases in 2010. The number of penal sanctions where drug crime was the primary offence increased by almost 16 per cent in relation to the year before, back at the level of the peak year of 2001 (Figure 8). The prosecuting authority decided more criminal cases than the courts. More than 10,200 cases where drug crime was the primary offence were settled by a fine without the case going to court."


Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, "The Drug Situation in Norway 2012: annual report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)," (Oslo, Norway: December 2012), p. 47.