Teen arrested after Maidstone drugs sting

A police operation to target drug users in Maidstone has resulted in the arrest of a teenager.

On January 29, a drugs sniffer dog was used in a number of areas in Maidstone to help identify people committing drug offences. A 17-year-old man was stopped in the town centre after being seen acting suspiciously by plain clothes police officers. The teen, who is from Sheerness, was searched and arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He has been released on bail until April 6.

The operation also netted four people who were issued with formal warnings for cannabis possession.

Inspector Jody Gagan-Cook said: “The number of people we identified is very low in comparison to the number of people who socialise in Maidstone as a whole. Possession and use of drugs are criminal offences but they tend to be associated other offences, such as violence.

“I hope the presence of these officers across the town will have deterred offences on the night, but also for future occasions as people realise that if they bring drugs into the town centre in Maidstone they run a very real risk of being caught.”

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