Man arrested and cash drugs and clothing seized after civilian investigator spots suspicious activity in Swindon

Alert message sent 29/01/2019 11:09:00

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A man has been arrested for drugs offences and a large quantity of cash and items seized after a member of police staff witnessed suspicious activity in Swindon.

A civilian local crime investigator (LCI) alerted officers after seeing what he believed to be a drug deal in a car in Celsus Grove, in Old Town, at around 10pm on Saturday (26/01/19).

The vehicle, a VW Golf, was followed and stopped by officers in Drakes Way.

The driver was searched and a quantity of cannabis and £660 cash was seized. The vehicle was searched and another quantity of cannabis, a quantity of cocaine and £50 cash was located inside the vehicle along with three mobile phones.

Officers then attended an address in Beaulieu Close, in Toothill, and seized around £7,000 in cash, as well as designer clothing, trainers and jewellery.

A 19-year-old man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. He has been released under investigation while our enquiries continue.

PC Craig Beales, from Swindon South Community Policing Team, said: "This incident proves the importance of strong teamwork and having eagle-eyed police officers and staff out on patrol looking for suspicious activity.

"The LCI in this case spotted something which did not look right and called it in to officers, meaning we were able to act swiftly and seize drugs, as well as cash and items which we believe have been purchased through the proceeds of crime.

"This was great teamwork by Teams 4 and 5, including LCI Lee Anger, PC Jonathan Kilburn, PC Beth Vinnicombe and PC John Pearce.

"We know that local communities in Swindon are concerned about drug dealing and the knock on impact that has for people living in these areas. We hope this shows that we will take action and that we are working hard to bring these criminals to justice."

We urge people to report suspected drugs activity to us, and they should do this by calling 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can read more on our website:
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