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Children as young as 14 arrested in Swansea Valley cannabis swoop

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

POLICE in the Swansea Valley have raided four houses and arrested people as young as 14 in a cannabis crackdown.Dyfed-Powys officers swooped on addresses in Ystradgynlais and arrested seven people aged between 14 and 22 for offences including possession, possession with intent to supply, and allowing premises to be used to smoke the Class B drug.

Officers from the force's Powys division, along with the roads policing unit, the dog section and PCSOs, took part in the operation.

Inspector Andy Reed said the crackdown showed the force's determination to tackle drug use — and said further raids would take place.He said: "The warrants were executed in response to the community concerns around drugs in the Ystradgynlais area."But these positive results are not the end of the matter — we plan to carry out further warrants across the Ystradgynlais and Ystylafera area."This was very much a collaborative operation involving several units within Dyfed-Powys Police and shows the determination of the force to take positive action wherever we can to address drug misuse and try and contain the harm caused by drug misuse."

Police say three youths were arrested as part of the operation — a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old  for possession of cannabis, and a 16-year-old  for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.All were given street bail to report back to police at a later date.

Four young adults were also arrested — an 18-year-old man for allowing his home to be used to smoke cannabis, a 22-year-old man  for allowing his home to be used to smoke cannabis and for possession with intent to supply, and two 23-year-olds for possession with intent to supply.

The 18-year-old was given a caution, and the others were bailed.

An 18-year-old woman was also issued with a cannabis warning as part of the operation.

Inspector Reed urged anyone with information about drugs in their community to come forward.He said: "I would appeal to any member of the public who may have information that can help us with our on-going campaign against drugs to please get in touch with us  and let us know."

*Can you help? Call Dyfed-Powys Police in Brecon on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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