County lines dealers targeted by police in series of raids

Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police have carried out 11 raids during a week of action tackling county lines drug gangs.

RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING SPELLING OF CARMARTHENSHIRE..Welsh police pull over cars at a checkpoint during firebrake vehicle patrols close to the border between Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford will unveil new national coronavirus measures for Wales on Monday. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday November 2, 2020. The restrictions will come into force when Wales' 17-day firebreak lockdown expires on November 9, four days after England begins its own initial four-week lockdown. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING SPELLING OF CARMARTHENSHIRE..Welsh police pull over cars at a checkpoint during firebrake vehicle patrols close to the border between Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford will unveil new national coronavirus measures for Wales on Monday. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday November 2, 2020. The restrictions will come into force when Wales' 17-day firebreak lockdown expires on November 9, four days after England begins its own initial four-week lockdown. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.

County lines intensification week saw officers carry out warrants, intercepting vehicles potentially involved in the supply of drugs, and working with partners to raise awareness of drug-related crime.

Police arrested 17 people, with crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine seized.

The value of the drugs is estimated to be around £4,500, while officers seized £6,500.

Also seized were an extendable baton and an ammunition magazine.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Cotterell said: “The county lines intensification week was successful for Dyfed-Powys Police, and we had a number of excellent results thanks to the proactive work of officers and police staff across the four divisions.”

He said that, as well as the front-line warrants and police work, a lot went on behind the scenes.

More than 2,000 people educated about county lines and exploitation during the intensification week in the community and partner agencies while some 50 letting agencies/estate agents were educated about the dangers of criminality, such as county lines activity in rented properties.

More than 150 businesses were given imformation about county lines, with an emphasis on those who provide mobile top-up services and the use of "burner phones".

Police said 50 at-risk or vulnerable children, young people and adults received targeted safeguarding support on a 1-2-1 basis and in group settings.

“Few people are aware of the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to support victims, or the measures we put in place to stop people from becoming repeat victims of drug-related crime.”

“It is very important to us as a force that while we act on all new intelligence to disrupt county lines, we also take a victim-oriented approach to working with those affected by these gangs to protect them from becoming repeat victims.”

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