A SUSPECTED cannabis farmer was caught by Northumbria Police officers after breaking down on the motorway – with a stash of drugs in the back of his van.
During a patrol on the night of Friday, December 4, officers spotted a Ford Transit on the side of the A189 Spine Road near the Moor House Farm roundabout and pulled over to make sure the driver was alright.
However, they quickly noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle and following their nose, they searched the back of the van and found the remnants of a cannabis farm and three large bin bags full of leaf.
Officers also found the 38-year-old driver to be in possession of £1,500 (€1,655) in cash and he was arrested on the roadside on suspicion of producing cannabis.
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