SIX people have been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court today (Monday 20th May) for their roles in a conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

They were charged with conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug – heroin and conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug – crack cocaine.

The court heard, all six defendants were caught by officers as part of Operation Red Dragon – an operation to clampdown on the supply of class A drugs in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan. This operation forms part of the force-wide Operation Avalanche to tackle criminality in South Wales.

Detective Sergeant Julian Kerslake said: “Operation Red Dragon was a large-scale operation to tackle the supply of class A drugs in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan. These defendants are the latest to be sentenced as part of the operation which sends out yet another clear message that the actions of dealers who target our communities will not be tolerated.

“Ultimately our aim is to make South Wales a hostile environment for organised crime groups and we are committed to disrupting and dismantling these organisations.”

He added: “I’d like to thank the public, who’s reporting of concerns and suspicions assisted us in building information against these criminals, and also to thank all the officers involved in the investigation for their work in securing yet another positive outcome.”

If anyone has information regarding drug supply in Bridgend or the Vale of Glamorgan area you can contact us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  •         Aishan Hazelwood, 26, from Ely, Cardiff, was sentenced to three years and four months.
  •         Rhydian Tolcher-James, 32, from Rhoose, was sent to prison for four years and one month.
  •         Marcus Walsh, 36, from Barry, four years and three month concurrent suspended sentence activated two months.
  •         Stephen Haggard, 42, from Barry, four years and six months.
  •         Adam Beer, 30, from Barry, one year and nine months.
  •         Charlotte Rzepka, aged 27, also from Barry received a 16 month suspended sentence.

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