52-year-old arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply

A man has been arrested after police carried out passive drugs dog operations at three pubs in Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on Friday.

At the Castle Inn, Combe Martin, a 52-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

A further search of an address saw a quantity of drugs and phones seized. The man has been bailed until April 22.

North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett said: “This is not the first operation of this kind and it certainly won’t be the last.

“We want our pubs to be safe and pleasant places to visit for everyone. Our aim is to create an environment where anyone thinking of dealing drugs in local pubs will be deterred by the fear that the next person through the door will be an officer with a drugs dog and that they will be caught.

“While we conduct these operations with the support of licensees, they have no idea when we will be coming to their premises.”