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South Wales Police crime unit seizes more than 30 kilos of drugs and £2 million in one year

Credit: South Wales Police

A police unit in south Wales tasked with tackling serious and organised crime has seized more than 30 kilograms of drugs and £2 million of illicit money during a year of operations.

The South Wales Police crime unit, called Tarian, also investigates firearms supply, county drugs lines, child sexual exploitation, cybercrime and modern day slavery.

In the past year, South Wales Police says the unit has directly arrested 47 people, securing jail terms of more than 199 years combined.

It also 21.6 kilograms of Class A drugs and 10 kilograms of cannabis in 2019.

More than £2 million has also been confiscated by the unit from convicted criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and four account freezing orders have been secured using new legislation introduced this year.

Officers use a range of specialist tactics and work closely alongside police forces and partner agencies to disrupt dangerous offenders operating across the Gwent, South Wales and Dyfed Powys Police force areas.

It’s been a really successful year for Tarian as we continue to grow and expand our capabilities.

Thanks to the hard work of our officers and partner agencies, a large number of prolific criminals spent Christmas behind bars and we’ve taken a significant quantities of drugs and illegal firearms off the streets.

We’re looking forward to continuing the fight against serious and organised crime in 2020, and protecting people across southern Wales from harm.

– Detective Superintendent Richard Williams

South Wales Police said the unit also uncovered 80 paedophiles online, safeguarding more than 80 children, and shut down a multi-million pounds drug supply business in south Wales.