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Joint police operation to target ‘County Lines’ across South Wales

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Thirty police officers from British Transport Police, Dyfed Powys Police and South Wales Police, teamed up as part of an operation to tackle people using the railway to deliver drugs.

“County Lines” is a form of organised crime where criminals in urban areas use vulnerable people and children to transport, store and sell drugs in smaller county towns. It takes its name from the phone lines used by organised crime gangs to communicate between towns. 

The operation, led by BTP, ran at Swansea Station on Friday 11 October and then at stations along the line to Bridgend – including Neath and Port Talbot. This was one in a recent series of joint operations to detect, deter and disrupt county lines activity.

The operation included uniformed and plain clothes officers, police dogs, a knife arch to detect weapons and live intelligence to ensure officers were in the right place at the right time.

Five people were stopped and searched, two intelligence reports received, and one arrest made - an 18-year-old was arrested at Llanelli by Dyfed Powys Police on suspicion of failing to appear at court for drug related offences.

BTP Constable Ashley Wilkins said: “It was a great exercise; all the forces came together to disrupt those who intend on using trains to transport drugs from Swansea to other towns and cities.

“We know ‘county lines’ activity is taking place on the rail network, and it’s something we’re working hard to prevent – this operation is one example of the many initiatives we have in place to tackle drugs gangs and protect the vulnerable people they exploit.

“This operation was a success and it’s something we plan to do again in the future weeks and months.”

Any young people suspected of being exploited by a gang to carry drugs or cash are safeguarded by officers, who ensure they get the help they need.

 

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