Arrests and drugs seized in Butetown

South Wales Police is proud to represent and protect all communities that it serves.

We are aware of concerns regarding drug dealing & associated violence in Butetown. Tackling these concerns is a priority for us.

We regularly deploy plain-clothed officers from our Op Sceptre and Organised Crime Teams to gather intelligence and identify offenders. These patrols are complimented by high visibility-patrols by Neighbourhood and Response officers.

Below are some recent examples of positive action and how we are working hard to keep Butetown and the wider community safe:

In addition to these local examples, weapons and millions of pounds of drugs and cash have been seized in the last 12 months by a specialist South Wales Police team, based here in Cardiff.

Between April 2022 – April 2023, the Op Sceptre Team in Cardiff has:

taken 92 weapons off the streets
seized £5m worth of drugs and £123k in cash
made 189 arrests.
The work of the Op Sceptre Team is complemented by neighbourhood, response, specialist operations, and other police teams.

South Wales Police will continue to do everything possible to keep communities safe and to ensure that people feel safe when going about their everyday business.


Thursday, April 20, 3.45pm. Christina Street.

Officers disrupt a suspected drug exchange. The vehicle, which was on false plates, made off and was found in Christina Street and the driver was arrested after a foot chase. Items seized included forged money and a stolen iPad.


Friday, April 21. 4.45pm. Hannah Street.

Suspect made off from officers and tried to hide 36 wraps of crack cocaine. He was arrested and his home in Bridgend was searched where officers found pepper spray and weighing scales. The 17-year-old boy is on bail pending enquiries with a condition not to enter Cardiff.


Sunday, April 23, 2pm. North Street.

Quarter of a kilo of cocaine found in a car and around £2k of cash was found in the driver’s home in Penarth Road. A 32-year-old man has been charged with drugs offences and remanded in custody.


Friday, April 28. 6.49am. Christina Street.

25 grams of cocaine found during a drugs search warrant at a property. 32-year-old man charged with drugs offences and remanded.


Saturday, April 28. 4pm. Loudoun Square.

Stop search of a 28-year-old man from Adamsdown found in possession of 20 wraps of crack cocaine, nine wraps of heroin and five bags of cannabis. Charged with drugs offences and remanded.


Sunday, April 29. 5pm. Clive Road.

41-year-old man from London arrested on suspicion of drug dealing. Charged and remanded,


Sunday, April 29. 4pm, Rover Way.

35-year-old man from the West Midlands, believed to be driving towards Cardiff Bay, stopped by police due to being a disqualified driver. 15 kilos of cannabis and a knife found in his vehicle, and an ounce of heroin in his underpants. Suspect charged with drugs and driving offences.


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