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Operation Marseille: Drugs operation in Newtown and Welshpool leads to 15 arrests

Police in Montgomeryshire have just concluded a three month long Class A drugs operation by making numerous arrests in the county.

The operation used an undercover police officer together with officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Team, to target those responsible for dealing heroin and methadone within the two towns.

Specialist detectives, intelligence officers and local neighbourhood officers from Dyfed-Powys Police fully supported the operation to target the flow of Class A drugs into Powys from the West Midlands.

Officers have now arrested and charged 15 people (8 males and 7 females) with drug dealing offences.

Detective Inspector Greg Williams of the Serious and Organised Crime Team stated:

“This is an excellent example of local people highlighting a problem to the police about drug supply within their communities being acted upon and targeted using numerous policing methods including the use of an undercover police officer posing as a drug user.”

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Deputy Divisional Policing Commander for Powys, stated:

"This operation is part of our targeted work focusing on the harm caused by drugs and focusing on drugs as one of our priorities in response to community concerns. We are also working closely with our multi-agency partners in highlighting the vulnerable in society in an effort to signpost them for drug intervention treatment.”

"Historically Montgomeryshire hasn’t had a big heroin problem, but information suggests that heroin misuse is an emerging issue in the county due to the close links with the West Midlands,” said Deputy Chief Constable Jackie Roberts.

"This street level up operation aims to target street level markets, users, traffickers and hot spot areas. We want to disrupt, dismantle and destroy serious and organised crime, especially drug dealers and drug related crime. An operation like this forms a key part of that.

 "It also sends a very clear signal to the public that when they tell us they’re concerned about drug misuse we are listening and we are taking action to tackle the problem. The public can also help us in our fight by bringing us any information which they think might help.”

Police can be contacted on 101, the non-emergency contact number, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. For more information on drug and substance misuse visit our website at www.dyfed-powys.police.uk.