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'Grave concern' for drug debt residents when borders re-open

Fears that relaxation of entry rules will spark violence

There is ‘grave concern’ that Manx residents who owe drug debts to UK dealers could be at risk of violence when the borders re-open.

The Isle of Man’s borders are due to relax slightly on Monday (28 June) with those who are fully vaccinated - and dubbed 2+2 - allowed unrestricted travel.

With the Island shut off to the majority of UK residents for almost a year the ramifications of a gradual reopening are under discussion.

Home Affairs and Justice Minister Graham Cregeen was quizzed on the issue, by MHK Martyn Perkins, at a sitting of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee this week: 

Mr Cregeen admitted the threat of criminality is a ‘major concern’:

According to the department police have reported a 57 per cent increase in drug interceptions whilst the borders have been closed with many utilising postal or freight services to bring in illicit substances.

Dan Davies is the interim chief executive for Home Affairs:

The Department of Home Affairs says it’s working with the Cabinet Office, and Customs and Excise, to ensure a ‘better presence’ at the ports from Monday.

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