Officers across south Wales have arrested 46 people and safeguarded 24 vulnerable people during a week of targeted action to disrupt county lines. County lines is the name given to drug dealing where organised criminal groups (OCGs) move and supply drugs, usually from cities into smaller towns and rural areas.
The activity has coincided with a national “week of intensification” which is led by the National Crime Agency. The latest week of activity ran from Monday 3 October to Monday 10 October.
Across the three forces (South Wales, Gwent and Dyfed-Powys), highlights include:
46 people arrested
Five lines dismantled
8 search warrants executed
£34,710 cash seized
7,020g cocaine seized [with a street value of £700,000]
Seizure of a variety of weapons including machetes, knives, baseball bats, knuckle dusters and imitation firearms
24 vulnerable children and adults identified and safeguarded
Passive drugs dog deployed to train stations in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea in partnership with British Transport Police
52 mobile phones seized
Officers also engaged with children, parents and professionals to highlight the danger of involvement in County Lines activity and delivered County Lines awareness sessions to over 1,000 multi-agency partners and 11,000 children.
Detective Inspector Richard Weber who coordinated the week of activity in southern Wales, said: “Whilst we work all year to take drugs off the streets, this week has brought some substantial results. By disrupting supply lines and taking those involved out of circulation, we can make south Wales’s communities safer.
“We can only do this with the support and information that we get from residents so I would urge anyone with information about drug dealing in their community to call us on 101, we treat every piece of information as important.”