Drug suspects in custody after huge caravan site raid

Three men have been arrested after suspected Class A and B drugs were discovered in a huge police raid on a caravan site.

Witnesses said as many as up to 30 police vehicles were involved in the operation at Leighton Arches in Welshpool.
Witnesses said as many as up to 30 police vehicles were involved in the operation at Leighton Arches in Welshpool.

Witnesses said that as many as 30 police vehicles descended on Leighton Arches in Welshpool just after 6am on Monday.

A police spokesman said 80 officers were present at the site, that the operation had been ‘planned’, and there was ‘no risk to the public’.

Both uniformed and plain-clothed officers were involved in the raid.

Scores of cars could be seen lining the road outside the site, with a large number of police vans also present.

Witnesses said as many as up to 30 police vehicles were involved in the operation at Leighton Arches in Welshpool. Picture: Phil Blagg
Witnesses said as many as up to 30 police vehicles were involved in the operation at Leighton Arches in Welshpool. Picture: Phil Blagg

A spokesman for the force said it had "executed search warrants at the Leighton Arches caravan park" and "made a number of arrests connected to the suspected trafficking of Class A controlled drugs".

Superintendent Clark Jones-John said: “At this time, three men – aged 25, 19 and 32 – have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking Class A controlled drugs, and are in police custody.

“During the course of a significant police operation, we have seized a quantity of what is believed to be Class A and Class B drugs.

“Neighbourhood policing officers will be in the Welshpool area to provide reassurance to residents at the Leighton Arches caravan park and the wider community.

“This investigation is part of Dyfed-Powys Police’s commitment to reduce the threat and serious harm Class A drugs pose to individuals and our communities as a whole.”

People with concerns about criminal activity involving drugs are encouraged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police either online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

Witnesses said as many as up to 30 police vehicles were involved in the operation at Leighton Arches in Welshpool. Picture: Phil Blagg
Witnesses said as many as up to 30 police vehicles were involved in the operation at Leighton Arches in Welshpool. Picture: Phil Blagg
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