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£18.5m confiscated in drug operation

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Drug gang: The people behind the crimes

CONFISCATION orders with a criminal benefit of £18.5million have been granted against 12 offenders who are currently serving prison sentences for their roles in a cocaine conspiracy carried out in South Wales, Liverpool and Aberdeen.

The orders were made under the Proceeds of Crime Act by His Honour Judge Paul Thomas QC during a special hearing at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, May 5.

Vehicles, jewelry and cash that had been seized during Operation Phobos – the Dyfed-Powys Police-led investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of 18 offenders involved in a large-scale cocaine conspiracy – was used to pay off part of the orders.

The defendants have 12 weeks to pay the available assets. If they fail to pay, extra time will be added to their prison sentence. If they ever come into money in the future, the order would allow an application to be made for its confiscation.

Detective Sergeant Rhys Jones said: “The sanctioning of these Proceeds of Crime Orders should serve another clear message to anyone involved or considered in getting involved in the making and sale of illegal drugs.

“Not only will we relentlessly pursue you and do everything in our power to arrest you and provide strong evidence cases to the courts to secure convictions, we will also go after the assets.”

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Brechfa rave: Locals urged not to ‘take matters into their own hands’

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POLICE currently monitoring a large gathering in the Brechfa area have urged local residents to let them deal with the matter.

When Dyfed-Powys Police became aware of the illegal rave in the early hours of Sunday morning, the event was already well under way.

Due to the number of people involved, and the safety concerns of breaking up an event of this size in a remote location, the decision was taken to prioritise disrupting and stopping any further people entering.

A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “A police presence is being maintained today and the gathering is being closely monitored continuously, in order to minimise disruption to the local community. Officers are liaising with concerned residents in the area. The National Police Air Service also assisted this morning to gather further intelligence and evidence.

“This type of event causes considerable anxiety and distress to the community. There is little doubt that these types of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land.

“We assure local communities that appropriate action is being taken to disrupt and deal with this event, and we will robustly investigate any criminal offences discovered.

“We understand the strength of feelings in respect of this, but we urge locals not to take matters into their own hands, and let the police deal with it. We do not want potential attendees to the gathering to be under any illusions either – do not travel to the area as officers are there and you will be turned away.”

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Brechfa rave: Locals urged not to ‘take matters into their own hands’

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POLICE currently monitoring a large gathering in the Brechfa area have urged local residents to let them deal with the matter.

When Dyfed-Powys Police became aware of the illegal rave in the early hours of Sunday morning, the event was already well under way.

Due to the number of people involved, and the safety concerns of breaking up an event of this size in a remote location, the decision was taken to prioritise disrupting and stopping any further people entering.

A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “A police presence is being maintained today and the gathering is being closely monitored continuously, in order to minimise disruption to the local community. Officers are liaising with concerned residents in the area. The National Police Air Service also assisted this morning to gather further intelligence and evidence.

“This type of event causes considerable anxiety and distress to the community. There is little doubt that these types of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land.

“We assure local communities that appropriate action is being taken to disrupt and deal with this event, and we will robustly investigate any criminal offences discovered.

“We understand the strength of feelings in respect of this, but we urge locals not to take matters into their own hands, and let the police deal with it. We do not want potential attendees to the gathering to be under any illusions either – do not travel to the area as officers are there and you will be turned away.”

(Picture – stock photo)

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Police trying to track stolen tanker

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a fuel tanker containing approximately 8,500 litres of diesel (4,000 litres of red diesel and 4,500 litres of white diesel).

The vehicle was taken from Tan Y Foel Quarry, Cefn Coch, Welshpool, between 5.30pm on Wednesday, May 23 and 6am on Thursday, May 24.

The police are asking people to see if the tanker is now in this area.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: DPP/0006/24/05/2018/01/C.

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