More than £30k worth of drugs, cash and vehicles have been seized in a police operation in the east of Cardiff.
During the operation, aimed at tackling violent crime, 51 people were arrested and 9 weapons taken off the streets.
Inspector Scott Threadgold, from the Llanishen, Rumney & St Mellons Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Violence and knife crime will not be tolerated on our streets, we will do all we can to target those that continue to disrupt the lives of local communities.”
Of the 51 arrests, 10 were for domestic violence, 7 for possession of weapons, 6 for assault and 5 for possession with intent to supply drugs.
Items seized include:
£22,950 worth of drugs
5 vehicles, including 2 Sur-Ron electric motorcycles each worth around £3.5k
The eight-week operation was in response to a rise in violence earlier this year, and specifically around concerns that young people were carrying weapons and being exploited by drug dealers to carry out street level drug dealing
Inspector Threadgold added: “Young people getting involved in drug supply and carrying weapons, not only makes them extremely vulnerable but also have a knock-on effect across the community with increased crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Local residents have come to us with information, and we have targeted those who are causing most harm while supporting those who are vulnerable to being exploited.
“The good relationship between officers and the local community is one of the reasons why this operation has been so successful, and we are grateful for this on-going support.”
Anyone with concerns or information about any of these issues is asked to please contact South Wales Police. Report online here https://bit.ly/SWPReportOnline or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Although knife crime is not a part of everyday life in South Wales, it is important that we continue taking action to prevent a problem occurring.
Through our campaign #NotTheOne, we aim to educate young people on the dangers of carrying a knife by giving parents, teachers and community groups the tools they need to do this.
To learn more visit https://www.nottheone.co.uk