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St Leonards Man Charged With Drug Offences

A man has been charged with drug offences following plain-clothed police patrols in St Leonards.

Officers were patrolling in Hastings and St Leonards on January 24 as part of Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery), an initiative to tackle drug-related crime in the area through enhanced and targeted enforcement, diversionary activity, and education.

At around 2.55pm, they witnessed a suspected drug deal take place in a park near St Leonards Gardens and again in Archery Road.

Joel Basima, 27, of no fixed address, was arrested 'on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug, possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, and possession of a Class B drug'. He has been charged with all three offences and is being held in custody. He will next appear at court on February 23.

A 27-year-old woman from St Leonards was arrested 'on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and possession of a Class B drug'.

A 25-year-old man from Northampton was arrested 'on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug'.

They have been released on conditional bail until April 24 while enquiries continue.

For more information on Project ADDER, visit our website here.

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