TWO police dogs helped track down two men accused of drug offenses following a vehicle stop on the A27.
Officers from the Sussex Roads Policing Unit were alerted to a vehicle linked to an alleged county line drug supply and stopped the vehicle on the road in Fontwell.
However, the driver and front passenger tried to flee the scene of the accident.
Although the driver was held at the side of the road, the passenger ran through a hedge to escape police.
Officers searched the vehicle and found a large amount of cash and an arson cellphone.
Sergeant Matt Longhurst of the Sussex Police Dogs Unit has been called in to help locate and apprehend the fleeing passenger.
He said: “I arrived at the scene with PD Perry, a three-year-old German shepherd, and he immediately went to work to find the passenger.
“He found the suspect hiding after trying to run through a hedge and we were able to apprehend him.
“Meanwhile, PD Ezra, a three-year-old Cocker Spaniel, was helping to search the area and found a discarded package.
“It contained several bags of deals we believe to be crack cocaine and heroin.
“Thanks to PD Perry and PD Ezra, we were able to apprehend the two men and ensure we gather evidence of their involvement in drug trafficking.”
A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply. He was released on bail and further investigations are pending.
A 28-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply it, driving over the regulated drugs limit and driving while driving without a license.
Inspector Neil Carter said: “These arrests showed great teamwork between our Roads Policing Unit officers and our police dogs.
“It shows our determination to disrupt the supply of Class A drugs that cause so much harm and crime in our communities.”
Information about drug dealing and anti-social behavior can be reported to Sussex Police online, on 101 or anonymously on 0800 555 111 at Crimestoppers.
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