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Broken brake light leads to drug arrests in Nottingham

Three suspected drug dealers were arrested after police pulled over a car with a broken brake light in Nottingham.

Response officers were patrolling the Cinderhill area when they spotted the vehicle, around 7.50pm on Saturday (2 March).

After checking the system and seeing the car had previous links to drug-driving offences, police made the decision to stop it.

When officers switched on their blue lights, the driver instead responded by putting their foot down and turning onto Tilbury Rise.

The car was pulled over shortly afterwards, at which point a passenger jumped out and ran away in the direction of Bell’s Lane.

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A 19-year-old man was detained in the driver’s seat of the car, while quantities of cocaine, heroin, cannabis, cash, and phones were also discovered.

Police then conducted a drugs wipe on the driver, which subsequently tested positive for traces of cocaine and cannabis.

The suspect was duly arrested on suspicion of possessing with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs, drug-driving, careless driving, failing to stop, and driving without insurance.

Following this arrest, Class A drugs were also found on the ground nearby, before police attended an address linked to the suspect in Tenbury Crescent, Aspley.

A warrant was then executed at the property, which resulted in more quantities of cannabis, multiple phones, and weighing scales being seized.

Two further suspects – one of whom police believed to be the passenger who ran from the car – were also detained inside the house.

Police would go on to arrest both – an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy – on suspicion of possessing with intent to supply Class B drugs.

The 16-year-old suspect was later additionally arrested for assault and criminal damage, following a separate incident inside a phone shop in Broxtowe, on 9 February 2024.

Sergeant Natham Phipps, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This incident provided a great example of exactly why our officers get out on the roads to carry out patrols in our communities.

“By being out and about in the car, these response officers were able to spot a vehicle of interest that we were able to see had previous links to drug-driving offences.

“After it initially failed to stop, we were quickly able to catch up with the car in question and carry out searches that led to us seizing quantities of Class A and Class B drugs.

“That initial broken brake light spot by our officers ultimately resulted in us arresting three suspects for a range of different offences, so this proved to be a great result.”

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