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Two men arrested in Colchester following seizure of cannabis and weapons

PUBLISHED: 19:58 13 March 2019 | UPDATED: 19:58 13 March 2019

Two people have been arrested after weapons were seized following a stop and search in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Two people have been arrested after weapons were seized following a stop and search in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Two men were arrested in Colchester today after weapons were seized by police following a stop and search.

According to a spokesman for Essex Police, officers approached two men in Upper Castle Park at around 1.40pm today, Wednesday, March 13, after noticing a strong smell of cannabis.

He said the pair were arrested and cannabis, a knife and what is believed to be an imitation handgun were seized.

The arrests were part of a crackdown on drug dealing in Colchester and Tendring areas - codenamed Operation Smuggler.

As part of the operation, officers are carrying out increased covert and high visibility patrols in both areas, targeting individuals intelligence suggests are involved in drug dealing activity.

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, possessing an offensive weapon and assault and a 20-year-old arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug remain in police custody.

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