South West Wales

Eleven sentenced for Carmarthen heroin supply

Police say they have stopped a major supply network of heroin and crack cocaine to a west Wales town.

Ten people have been jailed for a total of 36 years and eight months and another handed a rehabilitation at Swansea Crown Court.

It follows an undercover operation in Carmarthen targeting drug dealers and organised crime.

Another five people are on police bail and the force said more charges may follow.

All eleven pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs or supplying Class A drugs at a hearing at Swansea Crown Court.

Deputy Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said: "This was a street level up operation which aimed to target street level markets, users, traffickers and hot spot areas.

"The whole purpose was to disrupt, dismantle and destroy serious and organised crime, especially drug dealers and drug related crime.

"We are delighted with today's sentencing, which we feel sends a clear signal to drug dealers, and the general public, that we will not tolerate this in our society and we will take action to keep our communities safe."

The operation used local officers, together with officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Team.

Det. Insp. Greg Williams said: "Operation Fremantle was a successful covert police operation involving an undercover police officer posing as a drug user in an attempt to target heroin and crack cocaine supply into Carmarthen.

"Operation Fremantle has dismantled an organised crime group which supplied Class A drugs on a daily basis within the town and surrounding areas.

"Class A drugs shatter communities, families and young lives and it is only with the assistance of the public and other agencies that drug dealers from both outside the area and Carmarthen can be stopped, caught and imprisoned for a lengthy period of time".

He said if anyone had information they would like to pass on, police could be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number.

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