Amidst all of this, officers recovered 31 wraps of cocaine and three snap bags of heroin from the suspect. He has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker. He remains in police custody for questioning.
Inspector Dan Cullum said: “Drugs cause an untold amount of harm and disruption in our communities so removing this many wraps of cocaine and heroin from just one individual is a great result.
“Our staff work tirelessly day in day out to drive out the criminality from Piccadilly Gardens and work to safeguard those who are at risk of exploitation, but each day they are often faced with volatile individuals and put into difficult situations. This type of behaviour is unacceptable and we will continue to remove these type of people from our streets.
“Through a combination of hotspot patrolling and community intelligence we’re able to make a real difference in the area.”
Officers are consistently looking for information about drugs, particularly in the Piccadilly Gardens. Contact police on 101, or via the reporting section of gmp.police.uk
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