If you discover
suspected illegal drugs on the premises, make prompt contact with
The law permits the management or staff to
take temporary possession of a substance suspected of being an
illegal drug for the purposes of preventing an offence from being
committed or continued in relation to that drug, providing that all
reasonable steps are taken to destroy the drug or deliver it to a
person lawfully entitled to take custody of it without delay.
In taking temporary possession and
disposing of suspected illegal drugs you are advised
- Ensure all seizures/finds are
witnessed and corroborated by a second member of staff. This
protects the integrity of staff against any possible
- Seal the substance in a
plastic bag. Mark this with the date and time of the seizure/find
and details of the witness present. Managers may request
self-sealing evidence bags from the police for use in the event of
their finding suspected illegal drugs
- Store the substance in a
secure location with limited access by two senior members of
- Notify the police without
delay so that the substance can be collected, stored or disposed of
as determined by evidential requirements
- Record full details of the
incident, including the police incident reference number.
Licensees and staff working in licensed
premises are encouraged to forward information and intelligence on
drugs related crime and anti-social behaviour to the police.
Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously via
Visit the Information and
advice page for contact details.