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Llanelli has now become a “thriving market for drugs” court hears




LLANELLI has now become a “thriving market for drugs” due to a surge in “county lines” gangs, Swansea Crown Court heard last week.
Locals are being targeted by gangs from Birmingham and Liverpool selling Class A drugs such as crack and heroin.

Organised crime groups have been sending dealers – often youngsters with no criminal records to avoid suspicion to Carmarthenshire to set up shop.

The details emerged at the sentencing of a teenager last week who was sent to Llanelli to sell crack cocaine by a criminal gang.
Cameron Davy, 18, of Duncumb Road, Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham was found in a block of flats at Clos Dewi Medi in Morfa, Llanelli with 29 wraps of the class A drug and £1,132 in cash on 10 January.

Swansea Crown Court heard that police knew the teenager was from the Midlands and believed he may have been linked to a ‘county lines’ operation.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told the court that when police were able to analyse the defendant’s phone they found numerous texts relating to drug deals over the preceding weeks and messages that showed he had regular contact with a criminal drugs gang known to police as “The Marco Line.”

Davy pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and to possessing criminal property. The court heard he had no previous convictions.

Kate Williams, for Davy, said her client’s dealing had lasted a “couple of weeks” and he had been due to be paid £300 for his trip to Llanelli.

She said the defendant was very much at the bottom of the chain of command of the gang and had declined to name those who had sent him to west Wales. The barrister said when Davy’s mother had received the phone call to say her son was in custody she had no idea where Llanelli was, let alone why he was there.
Williams added that gangs tended to use people with no previous convictions to do their work because they were less likely to come to the attention of police.

Recorder Simon Mills told Davy custody was inevitable for those who dealt in Class A drugs.
Giving the defendant a one-third discount for his guilty pleas he sentenced the teenager to two years four months for the drugs charge, and to eight months for the money laundering charge – the sentences will run concurrently making an overall sentence of two years and four months in youth detention.

Davy will serve half that sentence in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

The judge said the defendant would still be 19 when he was released from the custodial element of the sentence and he then faced a stark choice.
He told the defendant he would still be “a young man with your whole life ahead of you” and could either stay involved in drugs – becoming “a broken addict looking old beyond your years” or a “hardened thug in a gang facing prison sentences in double figures” – or he could turn his back on that lifestyle and lead a “decent life”.

As he sent him down, Recorder Mills added: “I urge him to think about that moment his mother got the phone call from him.”

Speaking after the sentencing Dyfed-Powys Police detective inspector Andrew Griffiths told The Llanelli Herald that tackling the trade in drugs was a priority for the force.
He said: “Illegal drugs cause misery and they need to be taken off the streets.
“Tackling the issue is a top priority, and I encourage anyone with any information or concerns about drug misuse to contact us. As the sentencing of Cameron Davy shows, we will take action.”

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School travel passes issued




SCHOOLCHILDREN in Carmarthenshire who travel to school by bus should now have received their Travel Passes ready for September.

Over 5,000 Travel Passes have been posted out, but anyone who has not received their pass is urged to contact the council immediately on 01267 228 326.

Some families may have changed address during the last year and have forgotten to tell us, which means their travel passes could have been sent to the old address.

It is also possible that some parents have forgotten to apply for transport. If this is the case, unfortunately it is now too late to be added to the arrangements for the start of the new term. However, if you think your child is eligible for free transport but haven’t yet applied we would urge you to submit your applications online at  as soon as possible so that if eligible we can try to accommodate you as soon as we can.

Parents are also urged to ensure that the stopping details shown on the Travel Passes are correct, as bus and taxi drivers will only be able to pick up and drop off pupils at the locations shown on their Travel Passes, and the vehicles will only stop at the points show on the timetables, which are available online at

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Police search home of former Carmarthenshire County Council boss Mark James




POLICE OFFICERS have executed search warrants at properties in Carmarthenshire, Swansea, and Kent. Their actions are part of an investigation into allegations of corruption involving the
Wellness Village project at Delta Lakes, Llanelli.

On Thursday, Aug 8, The Herald received a tip-off which identified three properties in Carmarthenshire at which officers from Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit, executed those warrants.

The tip-off was anonymous. As is usual with such tip-offs, we sought to verify it by reference to independent and reliable sources.

As a result of our further enquiries, we can confirm that Police executed a search warrant at the home of controversial former Carmarthenshire County Council CEO Mark James.

The use of a search warrant in such circumstances is not unusual. The use of one is not a sign of any criminality or dishonesty on Mr James’ part. It is possible the warrant was procured routinely to preserve material which might assist an ongoing investigation.

Police executed a further warrant at County Hall, Carmarthen.

Again, the use of a warrant is not a sign of any criminality. Police acted to obtain documentary evidence and computer material, including email trails, to help with their investigation.

It is entirely possible that Police learned a lesson from a separate probe of Pembrokeshire County Council. In that case, officers failed to secure evidence which was subsequently either lost or destroyed.

A separate Council press release states the local authority is ready and willing to help the Police in any way they can and is already offering any assistance it can to investigators.

That statement points out that a review by the WAO and an internal probe by a firm of solicitors found no administrative or compliance issues affecting the tender processes for the Wellness Village.

The Herald has been given a further address at which a search warrant was executed. That third address has not been confirmed by all of our sources and, accordingly, we do not report it here.

As we went to press, Carmarthenshire County Council exclusively confirmed to us that a search warrant was executed at County Hall last week.

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Llanelli: Police appeal following incident at Pemberton traffic lights




POLICE in Llanelli have said that they are looking for witnesses to an incident at the traffic lights, Pemberton, Llanelli at around 8pm on August 11.

The incident is believed to have involved a number of people and caused traffic to come to a standstill.

A 53 year old man is currently in a serious condition at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff having sustained injuries at the scene.

Three men have this morning been arrested on suspicion of Section 18 assault.

It’s thought that there will be a significant number of witnesses to the incident, given the busyness of the road at the crossroads and, due to it still being daylight.

Officers are also asking for drivers in the area at the time to review any dash-cam footage they have and to make it available to the investigation team.

On social media police said: “It’s really important that anyone who saw the incident or has dash-cam available, comes forward and speaks to police either via email us on or by calling us on 101, quoting ref. 374 of 10/08/19.”

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