Police seize £250k of drugs in Swansea and Neath in biggest ever raids haul
ILLEGAL drugs worth more than a quarter of a million pounds were recovered in Swansea over the weekend — in what police describe as one of their biggest ever hauls.
Police armed with search warrants raided properties in Llansamlet, Neath and Portmead, during which they recovered large quantities of cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and mephedrone — better known as meow meow.
A car being driven into the city was also stopped by police officers, and a package of meow meow was found — said in court to have a potential value of £20,000.
Morriston eastside inspector Mark Lenihan said: "This is one the largest hauls of both Class A and B drugs that has been recovered in the western area of the force.
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"The arrests and the discovery of such a large quantity of drugs will mean that this cache will not be heading to the streets of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and beyond to bring depravation and misery.
"Although this is a significant breakthrough for us, we will still continue to seek out and bring to justice those who continue to take and deal in controlled drugs."
Four men have appeared before Swansea magistrates in connection with the discoveries.
Due to the seriousness of the charges the cases were committed to crown court.
Jamie Birmingham, 30, from Dyffryn Court, Port Talbot has been charged with possession with intent to supply mephedrone.
Birmingham was remanded in custody until December 10.
Also appearing in court was John James Gluyas, of Cenydd Road, Portmead, who was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy, was remanded in custody ahead of a crown court appearance on November 6.
And appearing in the dock together were Daniel David Davies, aged 45, of Glan Y Wern Road, Llansamlet, and Colin Thomas Payne, aged 54, of Frederick Place, Llansamlet.
Both were charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy, and Payne also faced a charge of possession of a firearm.
Prosecuting, Lisa Jones told the court police had raided Davies' home on Friday morning.
Gluyas, Davies and Payne all had applications for bail turned down.