Brits who use cocaine on holiday could have their passports confiscated under tough new laws to be announced by the government next week.
The move is part of a range of new sanctions being introduced by the Government to reduce demand for Class A drugs in the UK.
Those caught with illegal substances are first given the opportunity to attend a drug education course, similar to a driving education course for drivers who are caught speeding.
If a person is caught a second time, they must take part in random drug tests at a police station, The times reports
And if caught again, their driver’s license or passport can be confiscated before they are prosecuted if they continue to use illegal substances.
Home Secretary Priti Patel, who will unveil the plans in a white paper, has previously described the plan’s aim as “cutting off the heads of snakes” from criminal gangs.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also previously accused middle-class drug users of being complicit in fueling substance-related crime across the UK.
Government introduces new sanctions to reduce demand for Class A drugs in the UK
Home Secretary Priti Patel, who will unveil the plans in a white paper, has previously described the plan’s aim as “cutting off the heads of snakes” from criminal gangs
Former Police Minister and now Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Kit Malthouse declared war on drug users earlier this year after saying they were responsible for the killing of teenagers in Britain’s gang wars.
He stressed the need for measures to “intervene” in the lifestyles of middle-class criminals, citing the example of confiscation of passports.
The new measures aim to create “immediate penalties” that represent a middle ground between a “slap in the face” and criminal prosecution.
A Government source added: “We don’t want everyone to go to court and we hope measures one to three will show people we mean business and the consequences are safe – there’s no point in risking drugs anymore.” .”
A consultation is now being held on the proposed law before hopefully introducing it next year.
This also includes measures to combat drug supply in prisons.
Ministers want the passport confiscation law to apply to all drug users, but under current law the police can only confiscate the document if the offense is travel-related.
Anyone caught in possession of – or supplying – Class A drugs in connection with football could be banned from attending matches for five years in a bid to combat violence and disruption.
Driver’s license seizures are seen as preferable because they are “rather dissuasive” and easier for the police to enforce.
In May, a program requiring offenders whose crimes are alcohol-related to wear a label warning authorities if they are drinking was hailed as a success, with a 97 percent compliance rate.
As part of the new plans, the government is trying to improve testing technology so officers can test suspected drug drivers on the side of the road.
The proposed legislation is likely to be one of Boris Johnson’s last announcements before he resigns from his post
Such test kits are already available from High Street retailers and are used by some employers, but do not currently meet the required threshold to be used as evidence in court.
Ministers want police to have access to drug testing kits in the same way roadside breathalyzers are used.
The legislation will likely be one of Mr Johnson’s last directives before he steps down from his post, likely in September after the Tory leadership campaign.
The fight against Class A drugs has long been a priority for Mr Johnson, who launched a 10-year blitz on county-line drug gangs last year after declaring narcotics cause “misery” and the idea of liberalizing the law rejected.
It comes after an announcement in May that middle-class “cokeheads” found with the drug at football games face a five-year ban.
Evidence used to confiscate passports is believed to include police records of an individual or posts on social media.
Thugs convicted of using cocaine at games will face a new extended football ban and be forced to surrender their passports.
Mr Johnson said at the time: “Middle class cokeheads should stop kidding themselves, their habit is fueling a war on our streets fueling misery and crime in our country and beyond.
“That’s why we’re stepping up our efforts to ensure those who break the law face the full consequences – because taking illegal drugs is never a victimless crime.”