ARRESTS MADE: 15 raids take place across Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent in relation to Serious and Organised Crime
We can now confirm that 12 people have been arrested following 15 early morning raids today, (Tuesday 11th June) in the Rhymney, Hengoed, Trelewis, Nelson, Bargoed, Pontlottyn, Oakdale, Pontllanfraith and Newbridge areas of Caerphilly and the Abertillery area of Blaenau Gwent.
Over 180 specialist officers from Gwent Police were involved in Operation Dynamic, the latest operation to take place as part of Operation Jigsaw, our campaign to tackle serious and organised crime in Gwent.
The teams included: our Serious Organised Crime Team, specialist method of entry and search trained officers, along with officers from our dogs section and Criminal Investigation Teams. Local officers were also used to help carry out this morning’s activity.
What’s thought to be Class A drugs, heroin and crack cocaine, has also been seized and they will be sent away for forensic examination and identification.
12 people, 10 men and two women, have now been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.
They are all currently in police custody and investigations are ongoing.
So what is Serious and Organised Crime?
Serious criminal networks work together and can take many forms of criminal activity, including : Top tier drugs supply of some our most dangerous Class A drugs, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking, violence and intimidation, cyber-crime and money laundering.
The Detective Inspector for Organised Crime, Andrew Tuck, who led on the warrants today said: “This morning’s raids are the culmination of over six months of meticulous work across Gwent Police to disrupt the supply of the most harmful drugs in our society. This operation has specifically looked at tackling those thought to be involved in the supply of crack cocaine, heroin and some forms of ecstasy.
“Our investigations and these warrants today, are aimed at those who profit from selling these drugs to some of the more vulnerable people in our communities.
“These warrants build on our previously successful operations including Op Divide, Op Finch and Op Avocet to name but a few. They have led to convictions of some of the most serious criminals in Gwent and we hope these warrants today, along with our previous work, show our residents that tackling serious and organised crime is a priority for Gwent Police.
“I’d like to thank our communities once again for their support which is vital for our work to be successful. We understand that nobody knows their streets better than the residents that live there. They see what goes on day to day, they see suspicious activity, they see when something is not quite right.
“If you see something that either seems out of place or in most cases, if something just does not add up then you can contact us and know it will be dealt with seriously. What may seems like a small detail to you, to Gwent Police, it could be the final piece to a much bigger puzzle.”