DRUGS SHAME ON CITY’S STREETS
MUM TELLS OF MISERY OF LIVING NEXT TO DRUG-DEALING HOTSPOT IN HEART OF THE WELSH CAPITAL
A TERRIFIED mum has revealed the drug problem by her home is so blatant her eight-year-old girl “could tell you how to inject heroin”.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said drug dealers were making “thousands” of transactions every day near her home in the Butetown area of Cardiff.
“Where I live it is 24 hours a day, I kid you not,” she said.
“It’s morning, noon and night. They do not care.
“There are youngsters selling crack by the side of my house which has been reported by residents to the police countless times.”
There had been “an influx of addicts” to the road, she claimed, adding her kids had “seen so much blood”.
“My daughter is eight years old and could tell you and show you how to inject heroin,” the concerned mother said. “It’s really bad.” She has attended numerous Police and Community Together (Pact) meetings, which are held every six weeks.
But she said that despite officers reporting numerous arrests, not enough was being done – and that drug users were being targeted instead of dealers.
She said: “Yesterday when I came home there were seven dealers and there were three or four addicts.”
She did not want her children growing up in such an environment. “We do not feel safe,” she said. “We cannot go out now it is winter. We can’t come back when it’s dark because we do not know who is lurking.
“I was texting in my car on Sunday and I looked up. It was 3pm. There was a drug user there looking like he was going to drop. His friend had gone to a dealer.
“I got out of my car and said, ‘You need to move.’
“He said, ‘Sorry love’ with a thick Valleys accent.”
She is desperate to move because her children are scared.
“We don’t sleep because of the noise. We can hear them shouting at each other.”
The mum has taught her children about the dangers of drug use.
“But there are children in the community, they see this every day and it becomes normal,” she said.
“It’s going to create a big problem. But I tell my kids, ‘Look what happens when you take drugs.’”
She says photographs taken in the area show the scale of the problem – including dozens of used syringes littering the pavement, and even men smoking crack in plain sight in the day.
Butetown councillor Saeed Ebrahim agreed there was a serious problem, and feared teenagers were coerced into dealing.
“When you have 17 and 18-year-olds selling drugs there is some sort of a push coming from somewhere,” he said.
“There needs to be a better way of policing and more of it.
“It’s criminal behaviour and it needs to be challenged.”
Inspector Ian Randell, of South Wales Police, said the force was “aware of the concerns” and was “listening to people and taking action”.
“Thanks to local support we have been able to execute a number of successful warrants in recent months which have resulted in arrests, drug, cash and weapon seizures,” he said.
“In July, we ran two three-day operations, during which 24 people were stopped and searched, seven were arrested and drugs were seized.
“Together with the local authority, we are also looking at ways to design out crime through the use of CCTV, and also ensure those who use their accommodation to deal or use drugs, or let others do so, face eviction.
“Just last week, a woman was evicted from her flat after she was charged with drug offences.”
He urged people to report drug offences to them.
“The public are our eyes and ears and with their help we can continue to crack down on the criminals who try to infiltrate this proud community,” he said.
Police can be reached on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
A mother took these photographs of drug needles near her home