Spice drug dealing suspects detained in Sheffield city centre after police dog searches

A police dog has helped sniff out suspected spice drug dealers in Sheffield city centre.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 2:12 pm

Roscoe the sniffer hound was deployed on Wednesday following a rise in complaints about day-time drug use and related anti-social behaviour in the area, which businesses have claimed is deterring visitors.

Five people were found in possession of spice, a highly addictive substance nicknamed the ‘zombie drug’ due to the trance-like state it can induce in users, two of whom were suspected to be supplying.

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A cordon of police tape (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)

One of them was also found with several packets of what are believed to be cocaine on him.

They were all quizzed by officers and three were released under investigation while the substances are analysed, with the other two cautioned for possession.

Police dogs are usually sent out at night to sniff out drugs, as part of Operation Sidewinder, but acting police sergeant Paul Briggs said the success of Wednesday’s search meant they may be deployed again in the day-time.