POLICE have arrested two men in a Chichester car park today (May 27), after suspected class-A drugs were found in a BMW.
The two men were arrested by police who had just completed searching three separate properties in the city, also in connection with suspected heroin and crack cocaine dealing.
Police searched the vehicle and discovered a quantity of an unidentified class-A drug, then removed the vehicle from the scene and the men were taken to the Chichester custody centre.
Earlier this morning, the same officers targeted properties in St Agnes Place, Osbourne Road and Charles Avenue, all of which were suspected sites for the selling of class-A drugs.
Officers entered all the properties simultaneously just before 11am, after obtaining search warrants under section 23 of the misuse of drugs act 1971.
In the Osbourne Road flat (featured in the video above) officers found evidence of cannabis use, but no class A drugs.
The tenant was not in but returned while officers were preparing to leave the scene. He was not arrested.
Just after leaving the scene, officers received some intelligence and headed for the Portfield Retail Park, where they discovered the two men in the car and made the two arrests.
Speaking afterwards, Sergeant Chris White from Chichester Police said drug dealing was not a major problem for the Chichester district, compared to other areas, but the force still responded swiftly to any evidence of drug dealing or possession.
“We regularly aim to disrupt drug dealers in the Chichester district and we continue to make it a hostile place for those dealers,” he said.
“We will always act positively on any intelligence we receive and when officers are out on patrol and see things happen they will respond appropriately.”
See Thursday’s Observer (May 29) for a full report and pictures.