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E-scooter rider in Nottingham city centre arrested after drugs search

The rider almost collided with police officers who searched him after suspecting cannabis.

 

An e-scooter rider who sped around a bend was left regretting his recklessness when the police officers he almost hit smelt cannabis and arrested him.

The 26-year-old was stopped by plain-clothed officers who were patrolling the city centre on Friday night (15 October).

They stopped the e-scooter rider in Lincoln Street at about 9pm after he came hurtling around a corner at speed.

The officers smelt a strong smell of cannabis and so decided to search him.

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They found large quantities of cannabis in deal bags along with scales to weigh the drugs.

They also found cash and what appeared to be 2g of wrapped white powder suspected to be either cocaine or amphetamine and two mobile phones.

Officers subsequently arrested him on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs. The suspect has since been bailed pending further investigation.

He was among two people arrested on Friday night as officers stopped and searched 13 people during a proactive operation to tackle drugs and associated violence in the city centre, as part of Operation Guardian.

A number of officers patrolled the streets of the city, aided by a passive drugs dog, and carried out stop and search activity, as well as engaging with people enjoying a night out.

Officers patrolled Old Market Square, Market Street, Corner House, Milton Street, Clumber Street, Long Row, The Poultry, Hockley, Parliament Street, Pelham Street and Thurland Street.

The second arrest took place in Clumber Street. Officers saw a man standing in a doorway smoking what looked to be a cannabis spliff.

Again, plain-clothed officers decided to search the man and they found 22 bags of cannabis in his rucksack along with £10 and £20 notes and a phone. The 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of intent to supply class B drugs. He has since been released pending further investigation.

Operation Guardian is now well established in the city centre and across other parts of Nottinghamshire and is highly successful in tackling drugs and reducing violence which is often associated with drug use and dealing in the night time economy.

Sergeant Graham Whitt, who led the operation, said: “Footfall was lower compared to previous patrols but our team of six spotters still managed to make two excellent arrests.

“Their efforts led to £100 worth of cocaine being seized and 38 bags of cannabis. In the case of the e-scooter rider, this was a particularly great example of police officers literally following their nose to uncover a serious crime.

“Our activity on Friday night was positively received by members of the public who we engaged with and who were pleased to see us taking positive action to keep them safe.

“The production and supply of illegal drugs blights our communities and we will continue to take action against anyone involved in drug dealing.”

 

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