North Yorkshire Police COVID-19 check leads to discovery of several shopping bags full of cannabis

A routine check for Coronavirus regulations turned into an arrest for supplying drugs and the seizure of a large amount of cannabis in North Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 4:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 4:14 pm
Police officers stop the car near Scotch Corner.

At about 10.55am on Monday this week, North Yorkshire Police officers were on patrol on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner.

They stopped a grey VW Passat and spoke to the driver.

While talking to the driver, officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis.

A search of the vehicle revealed several shopping bags full of suspected cannabis, with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds.

The car itself was also seized for being driven uninsured.

The driver, a 25-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, and driving without insurance.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.