THE first members of a drug gang that “flooded” Aberystwyth with Class A drugs have been jailed at Swansea Crown Court with further defendants facing sentencing hearings over the next few days.
The Cambrian News reported “Operation Ulysses, launched by Dyfed Powys Police, led to 28 people, including several defendants from Aberystwyth, being charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis.
The operation, which included people from Aberystwyth, Llanelli, north Wales and Merseyside, had concentrated the drugs around Aberystwyth and Llanelli.
Eight defendants, all from the north Wales area, were jailed for between 14 and four years, were the first members of the gang jailed at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, 8 March.
The sentences imposed on Ryan Kenny, John Kenny, Matthew Baldock, Michael Lewis, Christopher Inglesby, Howard Jones, Gerwyn Bailey and Max Hampson, have been welcomed by Dyfed Powys Police.
Detective Sergeant Rhys Jones, of the police’s Serious and Organised Crime Team, said: “The investigation and deployments of officers spanned Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, north Wales and Liverpool and extremely large amounts of heroin, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis were seized.
“These defendants operated covertly and executed their criminal enterprise with precision.
“The amounts involved are staggering in terms of the drugs that were distributed onto and flooded the streets of Aberystwyth and Llanelli.
“This first batch of sentences just goes to show that no matter how sophisticated these organised crime groups are, Dyfed Powys Police will find them and bring them to justice.
“We wait with anticipation to hear the sentences handed to the remaining 20 defendants over the next three days in court.”
Ceredigion Chief Inspector Steve Davies said the police had worked with health and drug support agencies to ensure safety information was provided to drug users.
He said: “We have seen too many lives end in tragedy, and the suffering that families and friends have to endure.
“These sentences send out a clear message that the Dyfed Powys Police force area remains a hostile environment for those involved in serious and organised crime at all levels” here.