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.

Police officers stop the car near Scotch Corner.
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.