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Substantial amount of drugs found in stop and search

News   •   Aug 22, 2020 08:00 BST

Officers from the Territorial Support Group conducted a stop and search of a vehicle, which led to the discovery of a substantial amount of Class B drugs and psychoactive substances.

At approximately 19:15hrs on Monday, 17 August, officers were out on patrol in the Bromley area when they noticed a suspicious vehicle with a man sitting inside; he appeared to slide down in his seat as if to hide when he noticed the police presence. 

The car was stopped by officers, and during a search of the vehicle, 1,200 canisters of nitrous oxide and balloons were found in the boot.

Additionally, £1,000 in cash was found in the suspect’s bag along with bottles of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis products and gummy bear sweets infused with THC.

The man, aged in his 30s, was arrested on suspicion of:

- Possession with intent to supply a Class B drug;
- Possession with intent to supply psychoactive substances;
- Possession of criminal property.

Officers later conducted a section 18 search of a residential property linked to the man.

Inside the premises, officers found approximately:

- 48,000 nitrous oxide canisters, which have an estimated street value of £30,000;
- A further 200 packets of THC infused edibles;
- 116 bottles of THC liquid;
- 70 pre-rolled cannabis joints;
- £1,800 in cash. 

The man was taken to a south London police station and later released on bail pending forensic reports on the seized items. 

Chief Superintendent Karen Findlay, said: “This is a fantastic result from the proactive stop and search, and an application of good policing skills.

“The quantity of Class B drugs, and especially the psychoactive substances, that have been found and taken off the streets as a direct result of this stop and search during TSG activity, is substantial.

“If it wasn’t for these officers being out patrolling and switched on to identify the subtle suspicious behaviour of the suspect, it is likely these prohibited items would have been traded on the streets of London. 

“This is about reducing drug supply in our communities and doing all we can to keep Londoners safe.”