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No drug charges for Olympic boxer

Saunders in action
Bradley Saunders denied being involved in drug dealing

An Olympic boxer arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine will not face any charges, police have said.

Bradley Saunders and his girlfriend were questioned in November after a tin of white powder was found by a sniffer dog in his garden in County Durham.

The substance, which police believed was an amount of the drug with a street value of £12,000, was sent for tests.

On Friday, a spokeswoman from Durham Police said: "The CPS has decided not to proceed."

The 22-year-old light welterweight, from Sedgefield, and his girlfriend had both denied being involved in drug dealing.

Speaking at the time, Mr Saunders, a father-of-one, said: "They told me they'd had an anonymous telephone call tip-off.

"There was never anything in that garden. I know nothing about any drugs."

The boxer was tipped to bring back a gold medal from the Beijing games but returned home after a shock defeat in his second fight.



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