County Lines: Latest On Fight Against Drug Gangs

Quantities of heroin, crack-cocaine and cannabis have been seized in Swansea and the Neath Port Talbot area.

Last Wednesday drugs worth in the region of £25,000 were recovered at an address in the Morriston area.

Four people were arrested, one of whom has since been charged and remanded.

The alarm was raised in Port Talbot with concerns about Class A drugs being supplied from a rental address and the tenant being a victim of cuckooing. The search led to the arrest of two people from Birmingham – a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old – on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs. The tenant of the property is now receiving ongoing support from police and partners. 

In Sketty, a stop-search of a vehicle led to the arrests of three men, aged 30, 33 and 29, for drugs possession. One of the men was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a taser. 

South Wales Police are working closely with British Transport Police, local authorities, Tai Tarian, Gwalia, and Coastal housing providers, as well as local drug support agencies Barod, WCADA and Dyfodol. They have made a number of arrests, searched several properties and seized large amounts drugs. 

In addition to taking enforcement action, officers have continued to work closely with partners to identify vulnerable people who could be susceptible exploitation by drugs gangs, carry out ‘cuckoo-watch’ visits, and provide reassurance to neighbours affected by drug dealers and users. 

Since Saturday (January 19th), the following has been achieved as part of Operation Cristo:
• 15 arrests for offences including possession with intent to supply Class a and B drugs;
• Eight search warrants executed; seven positive;
• Quantities of heroin, crack-cocaine and cannabis seized
• Firearm seized
• Number of stop-searches stop-searches carried out
• Several people tested by the drug itemiser at Swansea Central Train Station 

Chief Inspector Mathew Lewis, Op Cristo lead, said: “Our multi-agency approach to targeted days of action is continuing to prove really successful, and I hope the results of this week alone provide reassurance to our local communities that county lines will not be tolerated by South Wales Police, nor any of our partners. 

“We are each committed to tackling these organised criminals and the misery they bring to our communities; ensuring the drug dealers are identified and prosecuted and that those most vulnerable are safeguarded and given they support network they need.

“As I’ve stressed previously, we cannot win the fight against county lines alone. A partnership approach is key, and that partnership must also include our local communities. If you have concerns or suspicions about illegal drug activity, please do report it so that we can take action. 

“If you are scared or reluctant to call 101, then please do tell someone. Talk to your housing officer or your support worker for example and they can ensure the necessary information reaches us. Crimestoppers also takes calls 100% anonymously, so please don’t make it easier for these gangs to operate by staying quiet.”



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