To infiltrate communities’
ens to disrupt the stability of the area which can have disastrous consequences.
“Our number one priority is to protect vulnerable people and this includes the children and the vulnerable adults who are ruthlessly exploited by these gangs to do their dirty work.
“Someone may be vulnerable to exploitation by organised crime groups for a number of reasons, but invariably there is a power imbalance. Factors include age, gender, cognitive ability, or social isolation.
“We will continue to work with our partners to tackle this problem and to prevent what is a very real threat from taking hold, but communities are our eyes and ears and they must shoulder some responsibility. We rely on the public to report suspicious behaviour and to act on their instincts, just as the 14-year-old boy’s mum did in the example we’ve given.”
Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns added: “I want to pay tribute to South Wales Police for their unfaltering effort in tackling the sale of drugs. This is a first class example of where the police have been proactive in keeping the community safe.
“Late last year I joined local police officers for a night shift in Barry. Following this experience, my already deep-rooted respect and gratitude to the police for their work was heightened further still, as I cannot overstate how hard they work to protect us.”
Anybody who suspects drug dealing in their community is urged to contact police on 101 immediately or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Anybody concerned about drug abuse can contact the free and confidential Dan 24/7 Helpline 0808 8082234, visit http://www.dan247. org.uk/ or text DAN to 81066.
Kieran Carolan, from Birmingham, was jailed for three-and-a-half years
Byron Facey Gordon, from London, was jailed five years and eight months