Officers from the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce have arrested a man in Newham following a vehicle stop.
Shortly before 21:00hrs on Monday, 11 January, officers witnessed a vehicle driving erratically, at speed, south on High Street in Plaistow, E13.
The vehicle, which was known to police for making off on previous occasions, was stopped at Northern Road, E13.
The driver of the vehicle repeatedly refused to get out of the car prompting officers to remove the keys from the ignition to prevent it making off.
When the driver eventually got out of the car he was unsteady on his feet and a strong smell of cannabis emanated from the vehicle.
The suspect was detained for the purpose of a search, but attempted to flee the scene on foot. He was quickly detained by officers and handcuffed.
Inside the vehicle a large bag of cannabis was found under the driver’s seat.
The 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (cannabis); he was further arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit for drugs and alcohol. He was taken to an east London police station where he remains at this time.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s home address yielded further quantities of cannabis and Class A drugs, approximately £28,000 in cash and a variety of paraphernalia relating to drug supply. The man was further arrested for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
Inspector Tony McGovern, of the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “The use and supply of drugs brings misery to local communities, while the danger posed to the public and police by those driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol quite simply cannot, and will not, be tolerated.
“Due to this arrest, a significant amount of Class A and B drugs will now not be sold on the streets of east London and a dangerous driver has been taken off the road.”
+ Do you have information about somewhere you think is being used to deal drugs/ create drugs/ grow cannabis? If you have information that could help keep your community safe, but don’t want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call or I.P address.
Any young people who have information about drug dealing or want information about the consequences of drug crime, can visit www.fearless.org to where they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.