Officers' quick reactions while on training exercise leads to significant drugs arrests
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Officers arrested two drugs suspects while they were out on their first day of a motorcycle training course.
PC Lee Perks and PC Steve Bucksey from the Sussex Roads Policing Unit were with Sgt Pete Swash on the A26 at the Cuilfail Tunnel in Lewes just after midday on Monday (July 12).
They were starting a standard training course to enhance their capabilities when they saw two young men riding motorbikes erratically, with one rider attempting to overtake inside the tunnel.
The two riders were then stopped at the northern entrance of the tunnel.
The officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis, and when one of the men was questioned a small bag of cannabis fell out of his pocket.
Both men were told they were to be detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act, at which point the other suspect attempted to flee from the scene.
He ran towards the roundabout at the junction with the A2029 Malling Street but was pursued and detained by PC Perks and PC Bucksey on foot.
The 21-year-old man from Seaford was found to be in possession of cannabis and suspected cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy) pills. He was also found in possession of drug dealing bags, a large amount of cash, and a knife.
He was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, possessing drugs with intent to supply, and possession of a bladed article.
A further search of his home was conducted, where officers seized a mobile phone and a suspected offensive weapon, namely a stun gun.
Meanwhile a 20-year-old man from Newhaven was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and possessing drugs with intent to supply.
Both men failed roadside drug swipe tests and were taken into custody. They were interviewed and have since been released under investigation.