Watch as Derbyshire’s traffic cops intercept men suspected of ferrying drugs into the county

Officers from Derbyshire’s road crime unit hit the small screen again last night as they intercepted two men suspected of ferrying drugs into the county on the popular Channel Five series Traffic Cops.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 1:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 1:47 pm

The series, presented by Jamie Theakston and billed by Channel Five as ‘Britain’s longest running and most watched police show’, has regularly featured officers from Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit dealing with major incidents on the county’s busiest roads.

On last night’s show, PC Nick Lovatt was joined by four other patrol cars in pursuit of a red Nissan Micra which intelligence revealed was linked to the supply of controlled drugs.

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Upon locating the car, they are able to bring it to a stop and place the two occupants in handcuffs – with the driver becoming agitated as he shouts and spits at the officers.

A later search of the vehicle at Chesterfield Police Station draws a blank for drugs, however officers inside appear to have better luck with a strip search of the passenger revealing what is believed to be six wraps of cocaine and three wraps of heroin in his underwear.

He is arrested for possession with intent to supply while the driver is also arrested after testing positive for cannabis on a drugs wipe.

PC Lovatt then shows a mobile phone which has been found in the vehicle, a piece of potential evidence which he describes as “crucial” in cases such as this.

Traffic cops – which has been on our screens for over a decade – airs weekly on Mondays at 8pm on Channel 5.

For more information about the show, visit the Traffic Cops website.

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