Local News & Archive — December 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm — Updated: December 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Eleven arrests in Rhyl ‘street dealing’ crackdown


Eleven people have been arrested in Rhyl during a crackdown on street drug dealers.

Detectives carried out several raids across North Wales on Thursday to mark the start of ‘Operation Viper’, targeting offenders who possess and sell controlled drugs.

Cannabis, cash and phones were seized in Rhyl – at one address, two women and a man were taken into custody. There were also raids in the Wrexham, Flint and Llandudno areas – drugs were also seized during the searches, carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The leader of Operation Viper, Superintendent Mark Pierce, said the force-wide campaign was launched following concerns raised at public meetings and elsewhere: ”These few individuals are ‘pedalling’ the most harm on our streets and our intention is to make it clear their offending will not be tolerated.”

”Each and every street dealer can inevitably lead us to crime groups active in our region, so not only will we be removing drugs from our streets and keeping our communities safe, we’ll also be helping to tackle those higher up the supply chain. Today’s action is just the start. It is vitally important we listen to concerns from our local communities and where necessary take proportionate and positive action.”

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