Cannabis found after car stopped for coronavirus regulation check at Scotch Corner

A car stopped on the A1(M) during the first lockdown. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

A large quantity of drugs was found during a route check for coronavirus regulations.

At about 10.55am on Monday, North Yorkshire Police officers were on patrol on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner.

A grey VW Passat was stopped, and the driver spoken to.

While talking to the driver, officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis.

A search of the vehicle revealed several shopping bags full of suspected cannabis, with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds.

The car itself was also seized for being driven uninsured.

The driver, a 25-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, and driving without insurance.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.