South East Wales

'Largest drugs operation' in Gwent Police force history

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Gwent Police has undertaken one of the biggest drugs operations in its history.

The force said 300 officers carried out 14 simultaneous warrants in Newport at 05:00 GMT on Tuesday, after three hours of briefings.

Four people have been charged with the supply of class A drugs, with 25 arrested in total.

It followed information from the community about the supply of drugs.

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Media captionCh Insp Matthew Williams said the raid was prompted by a rise in class A drug use

Ch Insp Matthew Williams said the force had noticed a rise in Newport the last year or so.

Marc Budden, of Gwent Police, said: "This is the largest scale drugs operation we've seen in Gwent.

"[The operation] involved specialist method of entry officers utilising chainsaws and drills to ensure rapid entry."

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