MORE than 45 suspected drug dealers have been arrested by South Wales Police as part of a joint operation to reduce crime in Cardiff.
The arrests are the result of a six-month undercover operation targeting those who supply class-A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine in Roath, Cathays, the city centre, Riverside and Grangetown.
These areas were selected as a direct result of information and concern from the community about drug dealing.
Operation Foxtrot has involved close partnership working with Cardiff Council and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to:
• support drug users
• clean public areas
• initiate further action against those living in local authority housing.
In the last 3 weeks 40 men, 4 women and 2 juveniles aged 16 to 55 have been arrested across Cardiff in connection with more than 200 drug offences. A fifth woman has also been arrested for possession of CS spray.
Head of CID in Cardiff Detective Chief Inspector Tony Brown said: “Operation Foxtrot is a partnership approach to tackling drugs in our communities.
“This means taking drugs off our street, putting the dealers in prison, cleaning areas where drug deals have taken place, and providing support to drug users.
“During this operation we have witnessed drugs being sold openly on our streets, in parks and in subways, which quite simply will not be tolerated.
“This operation is nothing more than the good people of Cardiff deserve.”
Some of the significant arrests that have taken place since September 24 include:
• A 28-year-old man from Pentwyn arrested and charged with 7 counts of supplying heroin and cocaine in Roath. Remanded in custody.
• A 27-year-old man from Grangetown arrested and charged with 14 offences relating the local supply of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamine. Remanded in custody.
• A 17-year-old from Grangetown and his 49-year-old father arrested on suspicion of supplying cannabis and possession with intent to supply. They are on police bail pending enquiries.
• A 23-year-old man from Splott arrested and charged with four offences of supplying heroin and one offering to supply cocaine in Butetown. Remanded in custody.
Conrad Eydmann, Head of Substance Misuse at the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “Operation Foxtrot has disrupted the regular supply of Class-A drugs in Cardiff which will hopefully provide users with the catalyst they need to seek treatment.
“Throughout the operation, drug support services have been proactive in offering help and support to drug users and this will continue.
“As a service we hope to encourage and empower people to regain control of their lives and motivate them to tackle their problems.”
Cabinet Member for Community and Neighbourhood Regeneration and Social Justice, Councillor Lynda Thorne, said: “The impact of drug dealing within our communities cannot be underestimated. The affect that it has on people’s lives and the environment can be devastating and partnership working is key to ensuring that we try to address all the damage that can be done.
“We have been aware of issues within these communities and the work that has been taking place behind the scenes for months to result in these arrests.
“I am really pleased that the operation has been as successful as we had hoped and provides reassurance to those communities about the work which is being done to tackle drug dealing in their neighbourhoods.
“I know that this is an issue of serious concern for many residents and I hope that this and the other measures that the partnership is taking help to provide reassurance that we are committed to taking action to keep Cardiff a safe city in which to live and to visit.”
Anyone with information on the supply of drugs is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, South Wales Police on 101, or their local officer whose contact details can be found on www.ourbobby.com