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Two arrested over drugs offences

Armed officers were deployed as a precaution. Credit: PA images

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

At around 5.00pm this afternoon police in Cardiff attended an address on Crwys Road in the Cathays area of Cardiff.

They they arrested two men, aged 49 and 60, from the Splott area on suspicion of the production of Cannabis. Both men have been taken to Cardiff Bay police station.

The street was closed for a short period while investigations took place and the property was made secure.

Armed officers were also deployed as a precaution to ensure the safety of the public.

Drugs deaths 'down 30% in five years'

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The Welsh Government says the number of drug-related deaths in Wales has fallen by 30% over the last five years

Deaths from drug misuse in 2014 fell by 16% compared to 2013 and by 30% since 2010.

The drug misuse mortality rate in Wales has also fallen by 16% compared to 2014, to 39 deaths per million – the lowest rate since 2006.

These figures represent lives lost to families and communities across Wales and while I welcome the news of a further decrease, any death attributable to drugs is one too many.

Tackling drug misuse is a complex issue, which the Welsh Government has been working hard to address.

The fact that drug-related deaths are falling at such a rate in Wales is testament to the significant work which we and our partners are undertaking.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Health Minister


Mephedrone contamination ruled out after three fall ill

Three people who fell ill after taking the drug Mephedrone are likely to have been affected by the amount consumed and not because the drug was contaminated, according to a Public Health Wales investigation.

Two were admitted to intensive care following the incident earlier this month. One has now been discharged but the other remains critically ill.

Laboratory tests on the drug have ruled out any contamination and the investigation has now concluded.

'Hard-hitting' drug danger film premieres in Brynmawr

A short film aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drugs will premiere at a cinema in Brynmawr tonight.

'The Good Drug Dealer' focuses on the impact that substances, such as Mephedrone, can have on families and communities.

The finishes touches are made to the final edit Credit: James Crichton-Smith / ITV News

The hour-long production comes off the back of a campaign by project researcher Jeff O'Reilly to get the substance banned as a legal high.

Gareth David Lloyd from Torchwood and Darren Evans from My Big Fat Diary both star in the drama.

The hour-long film premieres at Brynmawr's Market Hall Cinema this evening Credit: James Crichton-Smith / ITV News

Those backing the project, including police and local authorities, say it 'pulls no punches' in its drive to raise awareness of substance misuse.

Any proceeds from the film will be re-invested to the local charity People and Communities Engaged.

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Police promise to act on Llanelli drugs problem

An undercover ITV Cymru Wales reporter has exposed the extent of Llanelli's drugs problem, obtaining a gram of the class B drug Mephedrone, after just an hour on the streets of the town.

Recent figures show that of a hundred offences committed relating to the drug - commonly known as Meow Meow - in Carmarthenshire in just six months nearly half were in Llanelli.

The investigation is part of a special Hacio programme to be broadcast on S4C at 10pm on Wednesday.

Llanelli drugs problem 'a priority' for police

Dyfed-Powys Police admits drugs are "an issue" in Llanelli, and says tackling drug misuse and supply is "a priority" for the force.

Like other towns and cities in the UK drugs are an issue the police in Llanelli face.

Tackling drug misuse and supply is a priority for Dyfed Powys Police, and we act proactively to disrupt the supply of drugs into our communities in order to reduce harm and bring the dealers/suppliers to justice.

We will work closely with the producers of the programme to investigate this incident.

We conduct targeted work focusing on the harm caused by drugs through successful operations where drugs are seized and individuals arrested.

The public can also help us in our fight against drugs by providing us with information relating to drug misuse or supply within our communities – call the police on 101 or anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

– Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson
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