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Flush rush: Cocaine on bathroom floor suggests dealers tried to eliminate the evidence

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Nitrous oxide, cocaine, cannabis and paraphernalia signal what police characterize as a large-scale drug operation

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An early-morning raid this past Monday didn’t give suspects quite enough time to flush away any evidence of their apparent drug-dealing.

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Just after 6 a.m. on Jan. 23, officers with the Nottinghamshire Police served a search warrant on a home in Basford, U.K. on suspicion of drug production.

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The effort paid off big, with the police discovering eight cellphones, scales, a knife, about £600 ($996) in cash, clothes worth thousands of dollars, 57 large canisters of nitrous oxide, half a kilogram of cannabis, a tub containing loose cannabis and cocaine in both a bedroom and the bathroom.

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  2. Image for representation. The man’s advocate told the court “there was no commercial aspect to this offence.” /

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  3. Officers on the scene had no choice but to undertake the unappealing task of recovering and storing the leafy evidence at the bottom of the toilet bowl. PHOTO BY ANGELA WEISS/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

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The last was in clear view, given that the drug was scattered all over the floor and toilet. “It is believed the suspects had attempted to flush their drugs down the toilet as officers came in,” the police report.

It’s a strategy with a questionable track record. In the summer of 2021, a U.K. man’s down-the-tubes attempt proved unsuccessful, perhaps he tried to flush whole cannabis plants, a panicked reaction that quickly clogged the pipes.

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A few months later during a November traffic stop in Ontario, two properties in Toronto were searched, but, again, a suspect just didn’t have enough time to get the job done. “At one of the locations, officers found a suspect who was attempting to flush crystal meth down the toilet,” according to the York Regional Police. The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged.

And just last October, weed reigned supreme in its battle with toilets and those who try to use the porcelain thrones to flush away cannabis evidence.

A suspect in Georgia clearly tried to expel incriminating pot proof, but the bid failed. Upon entering the bathroom of the raided property, officers could clearly see a bowl full of bud, just part of the 18.6 kilograms of cannabis found that day.

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Police photo of cannabis buds found in tub. /
Police photo of cannabis buds found in tub. / Photo by Nottinghamshire Police

It is illegal to take, carry, make, sell, deal or supply drugs in the U.K., with maximum prison time for producing or supplying a Class A substance like cocaine being life and 14 years for Class A substances like cannabis.

Two men, aged 19 and 43, were arrested for drug offences following the raid.

“This was a significant result for the team and shows our no-nonsense approach to drug dealing in our area,” neighbourhood Inspector Gordon Fenwick of the Nottinghamshire Police says in the statement.

“Investigations are now underway to determine the scale of this operation,” Fenwick reports, adding that officers “recovered evidence of packaging, which means these drugs seem to be ready for onward supply.”

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