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Large quantity of drugs found in raid

Created on 06/12/2019 @ 15:03
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A large quantity of drugs have been found at Leighton Arches which was raided on Wednesday morning in what Dyfed-Powys Police claim to be their largest ever operation.

More than 70 officers were involved in the bust which saw four males arrested and now the confirmation that Class B and suspected Class A drugs were recovered. It follows months of surveillance and intelligence gathering.

It is hoped that the raid will have disrupted the growing drugs trade in the town and surrounding areas and senior police chiefs have praised the support from the fed-up Welshpool public who played their part.

Powys Commander, Superintendent Ifan Charles, said: “I’d like to thank the Welshpool community for their positive reaction to this operation, which is part of our ongoing commitment to tackle illegal drug activity in the town.

“While officers are no longer at the scene, work is ongoing behind the scenes to further the investigation.

“We are also working with the residents at the site, who share the concerns of the wider community, and have been supportive of our actions.

“We have found what can be described as a large quantity of class B and suspected class A drugs at the site. Work is ongoing to confirm what these are, and how much these would be worth on the street.

“I’d once again appeal to anyone with information or concerns about illegal drug dealing to raise them so we can take action.”

There has been an increased police presence in Welshpool since the warrant, carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act, was executed. Residents are encouraged to speak to officers about any concerns they have.

Two men, aged 31 and 23, and a 17-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine. A fourth male, aged 33, has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of other class A drugs. They remain in police custody.

Supt. Charles continued: “I’d also like to thank South Wales Police, Gwent Police, and the National Police Air Service, who supported us to carry out this major operation.”

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is urged to contact us either online at:, by email, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

If you would prefer not to contact police, report information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111.

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