Concern at increase in drug seizures in Newcastle Emlyn

Local politicians have expressed concern over figures showing a dramatic increase in the number of canabis drug seizures made by Dyfed-Powys Police in Newcastle Emlyn during the last 3 years.

Dyfed-Powys Police, responding to a Freedom of Information request from the office of Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP, revealed that drug seizures in Newcastle Emlyn had risen from just 10 in 2007/08 to 41 during 2009/10. The amount of canabis drug seizures rose from 6 to 28 during that period. Other drugs found included Ketamine, Valium and Amphetamine.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“I am naturally disturbed to see increases in the number of drug seizures in Newcastle Emlyn, especially with the use of canabis which has increased dramatically over the last year. It is important we put things into perspective, and the figures are low compared to some other places, but that doesn’t mean we should not look at the cause of this increase. It is important that people who are trapped in drug use are offered help and support in order to give them a route out.

We must not underestimate the work of the police in this issue. Whilst questions of increased drug use must be asked we should welcome a more effective approach from Dyfed Powys Police in detecting drug use and enforcing the law.”

Jonathan Edwards MP added:

“What this data shows is the importance of the police and the challenges that they face year on year. They have an extremely tough job yet thanks to savage attacks on the way they are funded by the Conservative and Lib Dems I am extremely worried that they will not have the financial flexibility they need to carry out front line services to the high standards they have always reached.”

DIWEDD / ENDS
Information supplied by Dyfed Powys Police in response to an FOI request regarding the number of seizures made in Ammanford during the last 3 financial years:

2007/08: 10 seizures
2008/09: 13 seizures
2009/2010: 41 seizures

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