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Drugs found after police probe reveals an ‘arsenal of weapons’ that included a hockey stick and homemade stun gun

Dec 23, 2021 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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U.K. police arrest three teens believed to have broken into the wrong house.

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Drugs were found in two vehicles after West Midlands Police (WMP) officers called to a residential break-in were led on an early-morning chase.

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The police responded to a home in Erdington during the early morning of Dec. 22 to learn that three people had burst into the home armed with knives but took off after the homeowner confronted them with a scream.

Backing away to the door — police believe they had broken into the wrong house — the men then made off in a white van, which had false plates, notes a statement from WMP.

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Traffic officers later spotted the van and false plates. But when the suspect realized they had been seen, they sped off, only to crash a short distance later.

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Although they quickly ran off, the WMP’s dog unit and drones team managed to track down two teenagers, aged 18 and 17, and arrest them.

Searching the van, the police found what the WMP calls an “arsenal of weapons” that included a sword, a hockey stick, a hammer and a homemade stun gun.

As the search was underway, another car showed up, but, again, the driver tried to flee and crashed within minutes. “The driver made a getaway, but an 18-year-old passenger was detained when further weapons and drugs were found in that vehicle,” the police statement notes.

All three teenagers have been arrested for varying offences, reports Detective Sergeant Curt Wilkins. The counts include aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm, possession of an offensive weapon and failing to stop for police.

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“We’re now working through CCTV and forensic lines of enquiry to get to the bottom of the parts played by those arrested and identify anyone else involved,” Wilkins notes.

Since their arrests, the teens have been released on conditional bail. WMP inquiries into the matter are continuing.

Though the drug amounts and types were not specified, it is illegal to take, carry, make, sell, deal or share drugs in the U.K. Any such infraction could result in possible prison time, cautions information from the U.K. government.

Possessing Class A substances such as cocaine, ecstasy, magic mushrooms and heroin could result in as long as seven years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. The potential sentences for possessing Class B drugs, which includes cannabis and ketamine, is somewhat less strict, but could still result in five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

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