Man arrested after police observe suspected drug deal
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Police have taken a large amount of cocaine and a knife off the streets after observing a suspected drug deal.
Officers from the City South Operation Reacher team were on patrol in a marked car in Donnington Road, Clifton, when they spotted an exchange taking place.
The team was supported by officers in an unmarked car who began following a suspect as he left the scene riding an electric bike.
Officers followed him as far as Chisbury Green, where they continued pursuing the suspect down nearby alleyways at around 4.20pm on Sunday (29 October).
The suspect was found standing next to his bike and was arrested and searched. Officers found around 30 wraps of suspected cocaine, a large knife, a bag full of cannabis and two mobile phones.
Following the arrest, a search was carried out at a property in Brooksby Lane, Clifton, where a further amount of suspected amphetamines was discovered in the garden of the address.
A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs, possession of a knife in a public place and possession of a Class B drug.
Sergeant Tim Register, of the City South Operation Reacher team, said:
“This was a good example of the proactive work undertaken by Operation Reacher teams day-in-day-out across the force.
“We are determined to crack down on dealers using our streets to peddle drugs to vulnerable people. Officers showed great tenacity to pursue this suspect and carried put exemplary searches to uncover these suspected drugs and a dangerous weapon.
“It is always good news when we can seize drugs and knives, take them out of circulation and destroy them.
“Our investigation into this incident remains ongoing and anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 23000671269, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”