Night of action held to prevent and detect vehicle crime in West Sussex
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A driver was arrested for multiple drugs offences as part of an ongoing operation to prevent and detect vehicle crime in West Sussex.
The purpose of Operation Harp is to target individuals for offences such as drug-dealing or possession, acquisitive crime and other offences.
This is actioned through tactics such as intelligence and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology.
Officers from across the district worked together during a night of action aimed to target offenders on Saturday 4 December.
Among them were officers from the Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU), who identified a black Nissan Note believed to be linked to drug supply on the A259, close to the junction with the A27.
The vehicle was stopped and the driver spoken to, who admitted he was in possession of cocaine.
Officers seized the 10 grip seal bags of white powder which were sent off for analysis, and following further inspection of the vehicle, a cigarette packet containing approximately £1,000 in cash and multiple mobile phones were discovered.
The driver also failed a roadside DrugWipe test for cocaine.
The 27-year-old, from Tangmere, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, driving while disqualified, being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and acquiring or possessing criminal property.
He has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Operation Harp was set up in response to concerns about individuals using vehicles to commit offences in the area, which causes harm to our communities.
Working with policing teams across the district and partners, we hope to prevent, detect and ultimately disrupt this type of criminality.
A number of operations are run throughout the year in addition to routine policing of the area.