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Five year prison sentence for Burry Port cannabis dealer

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drugA BURRY PORT drug dealer was one of two men sentenced to a total of more than 14 years in jail for importing £1.5m of cannabis from South Africa into Avonmouth.

Despite hatching an elaborate plan to import 650kgs of cannabis – concealed in crates containing furniture – which was being imported from South Africa, the organised crime group from Swansea, were thwarted by Zephyr, the south west regional organised crime unit, working in partnership with the National Crime Agency and UK Border Force.

Karl Richter-John, 43, formerly of Spain, now Rhondda Street, Mount Pleasant, Swansea has been jailed for nine years. He will also be subject to Serious Crime Prevention Order when he is released from prison, which places various restrictions on the use of mobile phones and computers.

And Malcolm John (aged 52 years), of Penybryn Avenue, Burry Port, was sentenced to five years and four months.

The court previously heard that on 1 October 2013 a shipment of seven creates – believed to contain furniture being imported from South Africa – was  given a routine inspection by UKBF.

They discovered 650kgs of cannabis in three of the crates, which triggered an investigation to discover the UK recipient of the intended cargo and those involved in the ambitious plan.

As the lorry was destined to deliver the load to a storage yard in Avonmouth, near Bristol, Zephyr was notified and launched the investigation.

Detectives assumed the role of delivery drivers and called the intended recipient to advise the cargo was on route.

One of the defendants – Malcolm John – agreed to take receipt of the cargo at the storage yard. The owner of the yard knew nothing of the illegal cargo that had been arranged by John. When the lorry arrived at the yard the cargo Malcolm John took receipt of the crates which were placed into two shipping containers rented from the storage yard.

Malcolm John returned to his home address in the Burry Port area of Swansea. He contacted Karl Richter-John – believed to be the ringleader of the operation – who was living in Spain and was later extradited to the UK.

Malcolm John was later arrested from his home address and a search of a lock-up unit in Heol-y-Gars Road in Swansea undertaken, where a 20-tonne press and packaging material – used in drug trafficking operations – was discovered.

At the end of the trial, HH Judge Roach commended the Zephyr officers on the quality of their investigation.

DI Austin Goss of Zephyr said: “We are extremely pleased with the sentences handed out today which deliver a clear message to those involved in the illegal activity of drug dealing that it will not be tolerated.

“We remain committed to dismantle, disrupt and destroy organised crime and illegal drug activity in the South West region. This was complex multi-agency operation which will have a significant impact for the local community in South Wales and the South West region.

“This operation has been a team effort with Zephyr officers and staff, working closely with colleagues in the National Crime Agency and UK Border Agency.

“The sentences should send out a clear warning to those involved in drug activity that they will be hunted down and put before the courts.

“We will now begin the process under the Proceeds of Crime Act to seek a confiscation order from the courts to ensure that any benefits of the crime are removed from the offenders,” DI Goss added.

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Cllr Kevin Madge elected as new county council Chairman

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THE new chair of Carmarthenshire County Council said he will work tirelessly during his term of office.

Cllr Kevin Madge, member for Garnant, takes the chain of office whilst celebrating 40 years as a councillor.

Taking the chair, Cllr Madge paid tribute to outgoing chairman Cllr Mansel Charles, member for Llanegwad, saying he had fulfilled his duties with passion.

Cllr Madge will chair the council for the next 12 months, with Cllr Ieuan Davies, member for Llanybydder, as his vice chair, and his wife Catrin as his consort.

“I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead, I will do my best for everyone. I will work tirelessly,” he said.

Cllr Madge has chosen the Trussell Trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks and emergency food provision for people in crisis, as his Chairman’s Charity of the Year.

The Chair is the first citizen of Carmarthenshire County Council, and is elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Duties include chairing full meetings of the council, representing the council at formal and ceremonial occasions, welcoming visitors to the county, and attending and supporting events organised by local people and organisations.

Cllr Madge has been a county councillor since 1996, and a member of Cwmaman Town Council since 1979.

He also serves as chairman of the Royal British Legion Garnant branch, Garnant Family Centre and Cwmaman Meals on Wheels, and is a member of Amman Valley League of Friends.

He represents the county council on the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Fund, and is on the governing body of Ysgol Y Bedol.

A former pupil of Amman Valley School, Cllr Madge has worked in the Amman Valley throughout his life, most recently as agent and researcher to Dr Alan Williams MP until 2001.

A keen football supporter, he has served as chair and president of Cwmaman Football Club and spent 25 years as a Welsh League and Neath and District football referee.

He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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‘UK Government should work with the Welsh Labour Government on Tata’

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said ““This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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MP and AM call for Trostre certainty after merger fails

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LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said “This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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