Dagenham man arrested after ‘strong smell’ leads police to weed haul

Police found 40 cannabis plants during a vehicle search. Picture: United States Fish and Wildlife Se

Police found 40 cannabis plants during a vehicle search. Picture: United States Fish and Wildlife Service - Credit: Archant

A Dagenham man has been arrested after a routine vehicle check led to police seizing 40 cannabis plants.

Officers from Essex Police stopped a Vauxhall Zafira for failing to have a valid MOT certificate.

But something didn’t smell right – the car stunk of weed.

Following their noses, officers sniffed out the plants and arrested the 37-year-old driver on suspicion of: producing a Class B drug, possessing a Class B drug, possessing an offensive weapon and drug driving.

He has been released on bail pending further investigation.


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Tuesday’s arrest, which took place at about 9.30am in Oxford Road, Clacton-on-Sea, was part of a road policing operation in the seaside town.

Dubbed Operation Nash, the move saw a 29-year-old woman arrested on suspicion on drug driving. She was released on bail pending further enquiries.

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Five vehicles were caught with invalid MOTs, six drivers with using a mobile phone behind the wheel and 45 for not wearing a seatbelt, Essex Police said.

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