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Spice dealer banned from West End streets after police swoop

Alan Grandison arrested with 100 bags of the drug bought before reclassification

12 May, 2017 — By Tom Foot

The synthetic cannabis could be sold legally until last year

A 51-YEAR-OLD man has been banned from entering part of Westminster after he was caught selling banned synthetic cannabis, spice.

Alan Grandison, who lives in Hertfordshire, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court on Monday of possessing a psycho-active substance with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

The conditions of his Criminal Behaviour Order mean he cannot go to Northumberland Avenue, the Embankment, Waterloo Bridge, Tavistock Street, Chandos Place and Trafalgar Square.

Spice was until last year considered a “legal high” and could be smoked freely in the street until it was outlawed. Grandison is one of the first people to be convicted for selling it.

He was arrested under Operation Kaskara – set up to specifically tackle the problem on the streets of Westminster – which has led to 45 arrests, police said.

West End Safer Neighbourhoods Inspector Richard Jary said: “Grandison was arrested under the Psychoactive Substance Act 2016 for possession with intent to supply, having been found in possession of over 100 bags prior to the reclassification of the drug. This sentence will protect the vulnerable community to which he was openly dealing.”

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