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Drug Police In Worm Bungle.

POLICE who pounced on two suspected drugs dealers grabbed a haul...of LUGWORMS.

Officers moved in after a tip-off told how two men regularly kept an after-dark rendezvous in which a mystery parcel was always handed over. They then drove off in different directions. After surveillance confirmed the report cops, backed up by police dogs and squad cars for use in a chase, swooped on the suspicious pair at a garage forecourt in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

It was only then that they found they had "busted" a perfectly legal trade between a lugworm dealer from Blackpool and a keen fisherman from the North East.

And the forecourt happened to be a handy midway meeting place for the regular Friday night handover.

Police said: "The tip was made in good faith, and surveillance seemed to confirm that the men were involved in illegal activities.

"We were a little cheesed off at the time. But we can see the funny side now."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 21, 1998
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