Heroin dealer jailed af­ter raid

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - KATIE GUPWELL katieann.gupwell@waleson­line.co.uk

DRUG dealer Matthew Read has been jailed af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers found £2,500 of heroin at his home in Peny­waun.

A DRUG dealer from Peny­waun has been jailed af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers found £2,500 worth of heroin at his home.

Cynon Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team (NPT) ex­e­cuted a war­rant at the home of Matthew Read on Fe­bru­ary 9 this year.

Dur­ing the raid, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered heroin worth in the re­gion of £2,500 as well as thou­sands of pounds in cash.

Read, 38, was ar­rested fol­low­ing the find and was charged with a num­ber of of­fences fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Pri­or­ity Polic­ing Team.

Of­fi­cers were sent to the prop­erty, at Heol Bryn Gwyn, Peny­waun, af­ter be­ing given in­for­ma­tion by the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

On Tues­day, March 27, Read pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing heroin with the in­tent to sup­ply and to pos­ses­sion of crim­i­nal prop­erty at Merthyr Tyd­fil Crown Court.

He was jailed for a to­tal of six years.

Fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing, Lo­cal Polic­ing In­spec­tor, Rob Blunt, said: “This con­vic­tion was the re­sult of ex­cel­lent joint work be­tween the lo­cal Neigh­bour­hood Team in Cynon to gather in­for­ma­tion and take ac­tion, and a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the North­ern Divi­sion pri­or­ity polic­ing team.

“We want our com­mu­ni­ties to be free of drug deal­ers and the prob­lems that drug deal­ing brings to our area.

“This sig­nif­i­cant sen­tence should serve as a strong mes­sage to those who sup­ply drugs in the Cynon Val­ley that South Wales Po­lice will not tol­er­ate drug deal­ing, while also demon­strat­ing to the com­mu­nity that they should have con­fi­dence that we will act on in­tel­li­gence re­ceived.

“Our NPT has re­cently car­ried out Op­er­a­tion Per­cep­tion in the Cynon Val­ley, where we sought the views of the lo­cal com­mu­nity about the is­sues which mat­ter most to them.

“In Peny­waun, drug deal­ing and drug use was in the top three con­cerns, so I hope this lat­est con­vic­tion also serves to demon­strate that tack­ling il­le­gal drug use is also a pri­or­ity for us, and that we are com­mit­ted to stamp­ing it out.”

Matthew Read, from Aber­dare, has been jailed

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