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Operation Phobos: More drug dealers sentenced at Swansea Crown Court




Top row, left to right: Allen Herron, Andrew Curphey, Bradley Carroll and Dane Bush. Bottom row, left to right: Donna Kellaway, Emma Roberts, Ian Edwards and Michael Sillitoe.

A JUDGE sentencing cocaine suppliers after the biggest drugs operations ever carried out by Dyfed Powys Police has today handed down prison terms totalling 47 years to go with the 36 years passed yesterday.

The hearings at Swansea Crown Court are still only half way through and will not conclude until Friday.

By then 20 people will have been sentenced after Dyfed Powys Police carried out Operation Phobos, which led to a second operation and then a third as detectives discovered the true extent of the drugs dealing.

A Liverpool gang ran £18.5m worth of cocaine into the south Wales valleys, £67,520 of cocaine into Milford Haven and £286,000 of cocaine and cannabis into Scotland

Today, Dane Bush, aged 29, said to be the head of a crime gang in Milford Haven, was jailed for 11 and a half years. Salter was jailed in June.

Andrew Jones, prosecuting, told the court how Bush “spun off” his own conspiracy to spread the cocaine into Pembrokeshire while the rest of the gang concentrated on Swansea and the south Wales valleys.

Judge Paul Thomas told Bush he had been aware of the misery and death that cocaine inflicted on users but had shown no remorse for supplying Salter to enable him to sell the drug around the county.

Michael Sillitoe, aged 29, of Glebe Road, Loughor, was jailed for 11 years, and Donna Kellaway, 36, of Prescelli Road, Penlan, Swansea, received seven years.

Two others at the Liverpool end of the conspiracy were also jailed—Allen Heron, 38, for 10 years and Bradley Carroll, 31, for seven and a half years.

All had admitted or been found guilty after trials of conspiring to supply cocaine between November, 2014, and November, 2015.

Judge Thomas told them they had gone into the scheme “with your eyes wide open” about the vast amounts of money that might be made but also the consequences of being caught.

“You gambled the money you might make against the time you might serve,” he added.

Judge Thomas said all the criminals were at a “far higher level” than just street dealers.

The first four defendants were yesterday jailed for a total of 36 years.

At least four police officers are expected to be commended on Friday for “very impressive, intelligent, carefully directed work.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike



EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child



ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby



TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.


Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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