Drugs and weapon link established after driver was caught speeding

Police in Cumbernauld who stopped a driver for speeding on the M80 near Westerwood ended up arresting two men on a number of other charges which have a drugs link.

Police found a driver under the influence of cannabis - only to find a £6k supply of the drug in his vehicle

The car was stopped between the busy junctions five and six at Westerwood around 4.20pm on Saturday (April 24) and when police spoke to the 30-year-old driver, he was found to be under the influence at the wheel - not through drink but by cannabis - and was charged in regard to this.

However the matter did not end there.

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For police decided to search the vehicle and duly found more than a kilo worth of the drug which has an estimated street value of £6000.

Now both the driver and his 19-year-old passenger have been charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply. Police confirmed however that the passenger will face an additional charge - after he was found to be in possession of an offensive weapon.

Communities inspector Neil MacLeod said: "This vehicle stop highlights the commitment of police to tackling the criminal use of our local road networks.

"A number of criminal offences have been detected as a result of a proactive stop of a vehicle driving at speed. Any inference that a driver is under the influence of controlled drugs will result in that driver being subject of a roadside test in the same way a driver suspected to be under the influence of alcohol would be.”