Video footage of police storming the Star & Garter in West Bromwich
Four men were arrested for drugs offences after police in Sandwell raided a pub on West Bromwich High Street on Friday afternoon.
Around 40 officers executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the Star & Garter pub at around 5.25pm action which resulted in the pub being temporarily shut down.
The sting, which involved specialist officers from the force’s Gangs and Organised Crime Unit, came as a result of information from the community about anti-social behaviour and suspected drug dealing on the premises.
When a plain white van pulled up outside the pub, the occupants had no idea it was packed full of police officers who were ready to execute the warrant.
The officers rushed into the Star & Garter and detained around 40 people inside. A sniffer dog searched for drugs and, while innocent drinkers were soon allowed to leave the venue, a number of more suspicious individuals were held for a thorough search.
The searches uncovered a significant quantity of both Class A and Class B drugs.
Two men aged 28 and 32 were arrested for possession of Class B drugs, the 28-year-old remains in custody this morning (Saturday), the 32-year-old was given a fixed penalty notice for cannabis possession.
A 51-year-old man was arrested for possession of Class A drugs, he received a caution. A 50-year-old man was also arrested for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, he was bailed in the early hours until next month.
One man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly while five other people, including two members of staff, were given fixed penalty notices (on the spot fines) for possession of cannabis.
Inspector Akeel Najib, who led the raid, said: “We have received an awful lot of calls from members of the public in recent weeks who were concerned about drugs and anti-social behaviour at the Star & Garter, which is why we took this action.
“The pub has now been closed down for the short term pending a review of its licensing conditions at the start of next week. I hope this sends out a very clear message that West Midlands Police listens to the concerns of the community and will take robust action against the use and supply of drugs as well as anti-social behaviour.
“The people of West Bromwich and Sandwell deserve to live in an area free of crime and we will never hesitate to take action against offenders.”