Ten people arrested in raids across Newport

Officers have arrested ten people following nine early morning raids today, Tuesday 2nd June, in the Newport City area.

More than 70 specialist officers have been involved, targeting the most serious and organised crime in Gwent, as part of Operation Jigsaw.

The teams included specialist method of entry and search trained officers, along with officers from our dogs section and criminal investigation teams. Local officers also helped to carry out this morning’s activity.

Ten people, all from the Newport area, have now been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs and are currently in custody being questioned;

  • five men aged 42, 22, 21, 21, and 20
  • one woman aged 25
  • four boys aged 17, 16, 16 and 15

Serious Organised Crime can take many forms of criminal activity and can include: 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.

Superintendent for the Newport area, Mike Richards said; 

“We will not tolerate criminal activity and violence that intimidates and exploits the most vulnerable people in our communities. More than seventy officers have worked together to carry out these warrants and I’m extremely proud of their hard work and determination which doesn’t stop here. 

“This sort of activity is just one aspect of a much larger fight to tackle serious and organised crime in Gwent. I really hope this sends a strong message to those involved in these types of crimes that we have our eyes on you.

“As always, I’d like to thank our communities for their support which is vital for warrants like these be executed successfully. Nobody knows their neighbourhood better than the communities that live there. 

“If you see something that either seems out of place or just doesn’t 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 us it could be the final piece to a much bigger picture.”