Cyprus is the final destination of drugs seized in the country. Most drugs enter the government-controlled areas from other European Union countries, while heroin arrives through the areas that are not controlled by the Cypriot authorities. Air transport remains the most common route for smuggling drugs into Cyprus. New psychoactive substances mainly arrive via the postal services.
Most of the herbal cannabis and MDMA seized in Cyprus in 2015 originated from the Netherlands, while cannabis resin came from Lebanon, heroin from Afghanistan and cocaine from South America.
Herbal cannabis is the most frequently seized illicit substance in Cyprus. In 2015, an increase in the number and quantity of herbal cannabis seizures was reported. In the same year, a record amount of cocaine was seized, although the number of cocaine seizures fell compared with 2014
The number of seizures involving heroin continued a downward trend, with a record low of eight seizures reported in 2015.
With regard to synthetic stimulants, methamphetamine was the most frequently seized synthetic drug and record amounts were seized in 2015.
In 2015, several seizures involved new psychoactive substances, but the quantities seized remained low.
Retail price and purity data of the main illicit substances seized are shown below.
Drug seizures in Cyprus: trends in number of seizures (left) and quantities seized (right)
NBYear of data 2015.
Price and potency/purity ranges of illicit drugs reported in Cyprus
NBPrice and potency/purity ranges: EU and national mean values: minimum and maximum.
Year of data 2015.