Police cars rammed during drugs bust at Channings Wood

By Paul James in Crime

THREE police cars were damaged during an undercover operation to intercept suspected drugs smuggling at Channings Wood Prison on Wednesday afternoon.

The dramatic bust involved the seizure of what’s believed to be the notorious synthetic drug Spice with an estimated street value of £10,000.

Officers climaxed the operation with the arrest of two 36-year-old men from Newton Abbot and Torquay.

Captor spray and a Taser electric shock gun were used to disable one of the suspects during the operation which kicked off at 4.20pm when tennis balls believed to be filled with Spice were allegedly thrown over the perimeter fence.

Two of the unmarked police cars were damaged when one of the suspects tried to quit the scene in a French-registered vehicle.

A second man fled, but was later traced in the roof space of a shed.

Police say the bulk of the haul was found in a subsequent search of a property in Torquay.

A spokesman said the driver of the car, from Newton Abbot, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, dangerous driving and drink driving and driving when disqualified.

He was also wanted for a further eight matters relating to alleged offences in South Devon.

The passenger was detained for alleged possession and intent to supply Class A drugs.

Police, who had been liaising with prison staff in a clampdown on drugs access at the prison, declared the operation a major success.

The Torquay man was released pending further inquiries while the one from Newton Abbot was due to appear before Plymouth magistrates today on other matters.