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Drug raid on popular bar is hailed a success

PUBLISHED: 12:51 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

AN ASSISTANT bar manager claims a drug raid on his premises was good for business.

AN ASSISTANT bar manager claims a drug raid on his premises was good for business.

Bexley police swooped on the Potion Bar in Erith High Street swabbing every customer entering the bar.

No arrests were made despite seven out of the 68 people testing positive for controlled drugs in the raid on Friday, May 22.

Of the seven, four tested positive for cocaine and were searched but no drugs were found.

Assistant manager at the bar Daryl Daniel, 24, said: "We have found it has acted as a deterrent. It has stopped some trouble-makers coming. It was an arranged thing. It was a surprise for the customers but not for us.

"We found it to be a pretty good thing."

Officers used a drug testing machine on swabs from customers' hands, which detects the smallest traces of drugs including cocaine and cannabis.

The results can indicate direct contact with controlled drugs or indirect contact such as touching a surface with traces of drugs.

Sergeant James Coomber, from Erith Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "We wanted to ascertain the level of drug use amongst the night time economy in Erith and we were pleased by the very low number of people testing positive for controlled drugs. We welcomed the support from staff at Potion Bar and will be repeating the operation at different venues throughout Erith over the coming months."

To report information on a drug related crime in Erith contact 020 8721 2048 or email Erith.SNT@met.police.uk.

To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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