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‘Erratic’ driver sentenced after police stop car in Arnold and find drugs


Police officers discovered a man had been dealing drugs after stopping a car being driven erratically.

Officers became suspicious when they smelt cannabis after pulling over 31-year-old Joseph Williams in Bagnall Avenue, Arnold, in July 2018.

They found cannabis under the passenger seat along with cash, scales plastic bags and other drugs paraphernalia.

The officers had been patrolling the area as part of Operation Reacher which was set up to target drug offences in Bestwood and is currently being rolled out to all neighbourhoods across the county.

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He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court

Williams, of Caunton Avenue in Mapperley Park, was charged with possession of cannabis, supply of cannabis and possession of criminal property.

He previously pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, June 5 and was sentenced to a 12 month community order and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Police Inspector Marcus Oldroyd who runs Operation Reacher said: “Clearly drivers who are seen behaving unusually will be stopped by us as we carry out our regular patrols and we will investigate anything that appears to be amiss as well as carry out all the regular vehicle checks.

“We’re glad we were able to prove that Williams had committed these drug offences as they will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire.”

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