Stella detected stash in roof lining of Mercedes car
Police dog Stella
Stella the police dog helped officers arrest a suspected drug dealer in Colliers Wood this weekend.
On Sunday 21, June a blue Mercedes was observed driving down a side road as a police car approached. The vehicle was followed and stopped on Warren Road, SW19.
Three mobile phones were found on the driver and a baseball bat was found in the boot after the car was searched under the drugs act.
The officers on the scene sent out a call for five-year-old Stella who immediately drew their attention to the roof of the car. When they pulled down the roof lining they found a quantity of suspected drugs.
Roof of car where drugs were found in Colliers Wood
A 32-year-old man from Thornton Heath, Surrey was arrested for suspected possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and possession of an offensive weapon. He was subsequently released pending further enquiries.
Detective Inspector Alison Foxwell of the South West (SW) Violence Suppression Unit, said: “This is one of many recent examples of the joint working between my team on the SW and our colleagues, whether two legged or the four legged from the dog support unit.
"This excellent work also shows the importance of stop and search in tackling the supply of controlled drugs. Drugs, and the violence often associated with them, is a key priority for my team. We will all continue to work together to find opportunities to disrupt, arrest and bring to justice those who seek to profit from selling controlled substances."
Stella's drug haul
Bred by the Met police and this is Stella’s second big drugs find in the roof lining of a car in three months.
June 24, 2020