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Day of action across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil sends a strong message to criminals

Day of action across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil sends a strong message to criminals

Twenty-nine people were arrested on Friday as part of a crackdown on crime in the south Wales valleys called Operation Avalanche.
Seven drugs warrants were executed at different addresses which led to the seizure of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.
Warrants were also executed by the tactical search teams to locate people wanted in connection with crimes.
Suspects linked to domestic violence, drugs offences and burglary were rounded up and taken into custody as addresses were searched throughout the day.
Sergeant Sohail Anwar, said: "Today’s warrant was the result of information from the community and I hope this demonstrates that we are listening and we are taking action. 
"The community have consistently been reporting their concerns regarding the use and supply of drugs and on Friday we saw the positive results of that.
“We’ve had some success today but the work continues.” 
The arrests were part of Operation Avalanche - a co-ordinated force-wide operation to tackle criminality in communities across South Wales.
The warrants were also supported with ANPR operations and the South Wales Police’s facial recognition technology was utilised in Pontypridd town centre.
Sohail Anwar added: “On Friday we sent a strong message out to criminals that there is no place to hide – and we will do whatever we need to in order to ensure those who commit crimes are held accountable for those crimes and brought into custody."