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