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Suspected drug dealer arrested while posing as food delivery driver

News   •   Sep 12, 2021 17:30 BST

The boy is taken into custody

A fake takeaway delivery driver has been arrested on his way to drop off an order, with money and drugs seized by police.

The 17-year-old was seen by special constables on patrol riding a bicycle along Great Eastern Street EC2 towards Shoreditch High Street just after midnight on Saturday, 11 September. He was wearing a jacket and carrying a delivery bag belong to a food delivery service.

The officers attempted to stop him; he tried to make off and was immediately detained. Officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis around him.

He was searched and a quality of what is believed to be cannabis found in individual bags as well as £520 and a mobile phone containing information to suggest his involvement in drug dealing.

He was arrested for possession with intent to supply class B drugs and failing to stop for police.

Chief Inspector Chris Scammell, from the Central East Command Unit, said: “This was an excellent piece of police work with our volunteer officers from the special constabulary stopping this boy after their suspicions were aroused and seizing drugs and cash. It’s solid work like this that has a real impact on keeping our communities safe.

“Enquiries have confirmed that the boy arrested does not work for a food delivery service and we believe he was using this as a front to organise drug deals.”

Following his arrest the boy was taken into custody and subsequently released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.