An off licence shop in Bristol is under threat after police found cannabis was “sold in sweet bags”.
Officers found more than a kilogram of cannabis along with phones, scales and cash during a raid in March 2023. Avon and Somerset Police are now asking South Gloucestershire Council to revoke the shop’s premises licence.
Fosters, on 168 New Cheltenham Road in Kingswood, could soon be barred from selling alcohol, if its licence is revoked.
The shop is also known as Malt Off Licence, and the designated premises supervisor is Michael Hutton.
The council will review the premises licence during a licensing hearing tomorrow (8 June).
A report published ahead of the licensing review said: “On March 30, 2023, police officers attended the premises at New Cheltenham Road following information received from several different sources that cannabis was being sold from the shop.
"In the shop stock room, they located suspected cannabis in plastic carrier bags.
“Two plastic boxes were also located, one contained numerous small self-sealing plastic bags which contained suspected cannabis, the other contained numerous small paper sweet bags that also contained suspected cannabis.
"An unknown amount of cash was also located that was not in the shop till.
“Officers then searched a flat above the shop and located a further considerable amount of suspected cannabis, along with plastic and paper bags consistent with those that had been found in the stock room in the shop.
"They also located an unknown amount of cash along with several mobile phones, financial documents and weighing scales.”
The report also stated that a total of 1.4 kilograms of cannabis was seized, some of which was split up into individual bags of 1 gram, 3.5 grams, and 7 grams.
According to Avon and Somerset Police, nobody has been arrested or charged at this time following a warrant, but one person has attended a voluntary police interview in connection with those enquiries.
An email also published ahead of the review added: “There is a proven issue with drugs in Kingswood, particularly after the recent discovery of a large cannabis factory in one of the Moravian Road warehouses.
"The premises at New Cheltenham Road has long been rumoured to be selling drugs, but solid intelligence and evidence has been lacking until now.
Credit: Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporter