Two suspected drug dealers are in police custody after a pursuit along the M6 last night (20 January).
Motorway police were alerted to a white Vauxhall Combo van travelling south on the M6 at around 9.20pm on Tuesday, suspected of carrying people involved in the supply of illegal drugs.
Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) began to follow the van from junction 5 but the driver failed to stop and was pursued along a section of the motorway, near to Corley Services, where the occupants were seen to throw a bin bag onto the hard shoulder.
The van eventually stopped and its two occupants were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and failing to stop a vehicle when directed to do so.
A search of the roadside a short time later uncovered a bag full of cannabis
Chief Inspector Jed White, from CMPG, said: “This is another great example of our officers acting quickly to respond to information about people using the Midlands motorway network when travelling to commit crime.
“The swift response meant that we were able to detain those suspected of drugs offences, whilst also recovering the illegal substances which appear to have been discarded from the vehicle.”
Two men, aged 21 and 26, from Northamptonshire remain in police custody this afternoon to be questioned on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. The 21-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of failing to stop a vehicle when directed to do so.
Central Motorway Police Group provides a regionalised policing service for the motorways of the West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire force areas.
Operating from three bases around the region CMPG is made up of around 140 police officers and support staff, who provide patrols and wider policing of the Midlands motorways.
CMPG is responsible for patrolling the Midlands motorway network stretching south from Cheshire on the M6 to the Welsh borders on the M50.
Currently, the CMPG has responsibility for:
*M6 from Junction 4 to Junction 16
*M5 from its start to the Gloucestershire border (between Junctions 8 and 9)
*The M42 from its start to Junction 3, and Junctions 5 to 7
*The entire M54
* A38M – Aston Expressway
*M50 in Herefordshire
*M6 Toll – the majority
Working closely with the Highways Agency and other partners, CMPG patrols over 400 miles of motorway to keep road users safe and prevent criminals using the motorway network.
The network they police is one of the busiest in the country with approximately 500,000 vehicle journeys made per day.
For more information, visit http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/cmpg, follow the Group on twitter at:www.twitter.com/CMPG or like the CMPG page on Facebook via: www.facebook.com/CMPGcops