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DRUGS BUST: Man charged as cocaine worth £20,000 seized by police in Amersham

 Published on: 8th March 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been charged after police seized cocaine with an estimated street value of £20,000 in Amersham.

Officers from the Operational Support Group stopped an Audi A4 on Shepherds Lane, Mill End, on February 19 after they witnessed a suspected drug deal and detected the smell of cannabis.

They searched the vehicle under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act and recovered approximately £1,000 in cash and two mobile phones. A roadside drugs wipe was carried out on the driver, who tested positive for cannabis, and he was placed under arrest.

The following day, a related search was carried out at an address in Amersham under Section 18 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Approximately a quarter kilo of cocaine was recovered at the location, along with more than £5,700 in cash, a mobile phone, two extendable batons and drugs paraphernalia.

Liam O’Brien, 35, of no fixed address, has been charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and possession of an offensive weapon (baton).

O’Brien has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, March 20.

Detective Sergeant Tony Quince, from the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit, said: “This fantastic result was achieved with teamwork; the proactive stop was made by Watford-based Operational Support Group officers, who were assisted by colleagues from the Three Rivers Operation Scorpion team. The subsequent work to charge and remand O’Brien was carried out by the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit. We now await the outcome of O’Brien’s court appearance.”

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