How many crime dramas have you watched with a wise-cracking Detective who’s sixth ‘cop’ sense always seems to save the day?
Too many? We know, but did you know that most officers really do have that sixth sense which never quite switches off, even when off-duty?
This was certainly the case last month when an off-duty officer spotted a suspected drug deal taking place in a car on 24 July. The very next day, plain clothed officers spotted the car on the A31 in Farnham, where it was pulled over as a result of the intelligence received the day prior.
The driver, Muhamet Alshabani, was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing. Inside his car, officers found 17 small snap bags of cocaine, £860 in cash and a burner phone which was later found to contain messages indicative of drug dealing.
Alshabani, 23, of no fixed address, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment at Guildford Crown Court last Thursday (18 August) after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
PC David Oliver, who investigated the case, said: “This case demonstrates the excellent, proactive police work which we carry out on a daily basis, leading to less drug dealers on the streets of Surrey and a better environment for the local community, who should not have to put up with the blight that is drug dealing.
“I hope this case also demonstrates to anyone who is dealing drugs in Surrey that although you might think police officers aren’t present, you never quite know who is watching.”