Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police carried out 11 raids during a week of action tackling county lines drug gangs.
County lines intensification week (Monday, 11 October to Sunday, 17 October) 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.
Seventeen people were arrested during the week, with crack cocaine (0.8grams), heroin (77g) and cocaine (6g) seized.
The value of those drugs is estimated to be around £4,500, while officers seized £6,500 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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.”
As well as the front-line warrants and police work, a lot went on behind the scenes, leading to:
More than 2,000 people educated about County Lines and exploitation during the intensification week in the community and partner agencies.
Some 50 letting agencies/estate agents educated about the dangers of criminality, such as County lines activity in rented properties.
More than 150 businesses educated about county lines, with an emphasis on those who provide mobile top-up services and the use of ‘burner phones’.
50 ‘at-risk’ or vulnerable children, young people and adults received targeted safeguarding support on a 1-2-1 basis and in group settings.
DCI Cotterell added: “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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