McBusted!: Drugs seized in car queuing for burgers

By Ben Fitzgerald - 14 December 2018


A car full of drugs was seized by police in Swindon following arrests made at a drive-thru take-away in the town.

At approximately 5.30pm on Wednesday 12 December, officers from the Community Tasking Team at Gablecross Police Station approached the Mini Clubman, as it was waiting in the queue at the McDonald's at Bridgemead, believing that there were drugs in the vehicle. 

Police ordered the three occupants out of the car, however the Mini attempted to leave but while trying to speed off collided with an unmarked police car and two other vehicles belonging to members of the public. 

Three men from the Mini were immediately arrested and a large amount of class A and B drugs were found in the car.  

Luckily, no-one was injured in the collision. 

A 27-year-old man, from London, was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply, dangerous driving, failing to stop, drug driving and driving without a licence.  

A 29-year-old man, also from London, was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply.  

Both were released under investigation. 

Another 27-year-old man, from Swindon, was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply.   He was remanded in custody for an unrelated offence and is due to appear in court this morning (14/12). 

Det Sgt Alex Spargo, from the Community Tasking Team, said:  “The scene at the drive-thru may have been a bit upsetting for some people who may have seen what happened.  
"I would like to assure them that this action was necessary to take a large quantity of drugs off the streets of Swindon and to arrest and interview those we believe are responsible.  
"I would like to thank those that were caught up in the queue at the restaurant for their patience and understanding whilst we took control of the situation and also the manager and staff at McDonald's for their help.  
"We continue to work hard to target those who supply drugs in our town and will always act swiftly and decisively as the public would have seen on Wednesday." 

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