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More cocaine found on west Wales shoreline following police search operation

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FOLLOWING the discovery of £90m worth of cocaine on a west Wales beach last weekend, police have deployed significant resources to searches.

This was following intelligence being received that more of the class A substance was out there waiting to be found.

Not wanting this to fall into the wrong hands, specialist police teams ensured that a significant area of land and sea has been searched.

Police said searches were carried out by land, sea and air resulting in “the discovery of a number of packages of what we suspect to be cocaine”.

The cocaine is marked with a DIOR logo by the manufacturing cartel (Image: Police)

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We’ve been supported by neighbouring forces, the NCA and NPAS after packages of class A drugs were recovered from a beach in Ceredigion on Saturday (October 1).

“There have since been finds in a number of places along the coast, all of which have been seized by officers for analysis.

“Initial tests suggest the substance recovered is cocaine, however the packages will undergo further examination, which could take a number of weeks.”

A force spokesman told The Herald: “This has been a significant operation so far, which has involved a large amount of resources both from Dyfed-Powys, neighbouring forces and partner agencies.

“Since the discovery of a number of packages of what we suspect to be cocaine, ground, aerial and marine crews have all been dispatched to monitor the area in case there were further items at sea.

“We are aware that the public have seen a higher presence of police in the area than usual, and we would like to thank them for their vigilance, patience and support.

“The police presence will continue over the coming days, and we repeat our message that anyone who finds a package – or knows someone who has – should contact us immediately.

“The contents shouldn’t be touched, and partner agencies have been briefed on the risks associated with the possession of this find.”
Work is ongoing to establish how the bundles came to land ashore here and who they may belong to

On October 1, an unnamed project manager was walking along Tan-y-Bwlch beach, near Aberystwyth, when he came across the 30 black packages.

The packages were tied to empty jerry cans with rope to keep the Class A drugs afloat at sea.

The walker told The Ceredigion Herald: “I was out for my early morning walk when I saw something on the beach.

“I was intrigued and walked up to it and knew what it was almost straight away. An old lady called the police and they came around half an hour later.

“They cut open a bag and it looked like pure cocaine. They dragged it off the beach and took it away.”

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said last week: “We are investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the coast this weekend.”

“Enquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms.

“The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter.

“Officers have thanked those who found the packages and their sensible actions in reporting the matter immediately.”

The news comes after last month, over a dozen bricks emblazoned with a ‘Dior’ label washed ashore in the town of Biloxi, which sits on the Gulf of Mexico.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Steven Maxwell said of that haul: “There was likely to be a large amount of drugs that either fell off a vessel or they were intentionally dropped off to be picked up by someone else or another group of individuals.”

One man was arrested for allegedly trying to remove one of the packages.

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Former Milford Haven resident denies historical sexual offences

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IN A RECENT court appearance at Swansea Crown Court, Gary Hicks, a 63-year-old resident of Oregon Way, Luton, has firmly denied allegations of historical sexual offences dating back to the 1980s.

The charges levelled against Hicks involve serious accusations of sexual misconduct against two children in the Milford Haven area during the period between 1985 and 1989.

Hicks faces a total of five charges, with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse alleged to have occurred between 1987 and 1989.

These particular charges concern a girl who was between nine and 11 years old at the time of the offences.

Additionally, Hicks is accused of inciting the same girl to commit acts of gross indecency on no fewer than 20 occasions over a span of two and a half years.

The charges do not end there; Hicks is also confronted with two counts of indecent assault.

The first of these alleges that he assaulted the aforementioned girl on at least five separate occasions. The second charge involves a boy under the age of 16, with Hicks accused of assaulting him on at least ten occasions between 1985 and 1989.

In his defence, Hicks has entered a plea of not guilty to all the charges presented against him.

In light of his plea, Judge Huw Rees has scheduled a trial for July 29. Until then, Hicks has been readmitted to unconditional bail, awaiting the opportunity to contest the accusations in court.

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Milford couple were out drug dealing, whilst child, 10, slept at home alone

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SWANSEA CROWN COURT heard this week that a Pembrokeshire couple were dealing large amounts of cannabis and cocaine. It was said in court that they were out in their car doing their illegal activities, even as their ten-year-old child slept home alone.

Rhian Warlow and Daniel Davies were exposed by their extravagant purchases, paid for with proceeds from the sale of the drugs.

Among the luxury items acquired were Rolex and Royal Oak timepieces, diamond-studded jewellery, and a BMW key ring embellished with a diamond.

The couple were intercepted by police while driving on the A477 towards Milford Haven on the afternoon of December 29, last year. This followed intelligence suggesting their vehicle’s association with drug dealing.

Rhian Warlow and Daniel Davies

Upon being stopped, Warlow and Davies claimed to have been patronising B&Q in Carmarthen. However, a thorough search of their vehicle unveiled a concealed 493 gram block of cocaine in the boot’s panel, valued at approximately £61,000.

Subsequent to their arrest at the site, Warlow disclosed that her daughter was left unattended at home.

Police, attending her residence, discovered her 10-year-old daughter asleep amidst a noticeable odour of cannabis.

Further investigation revealed four bags of cannabis weighing a total of 921 grams, worth in excess of £10,000, alongside scattered cash amounting to £1,255 in a cardboard box, £679 in loose notes and change, and £260 in notes within the bedroom.

The prosecution detailed Warlow’s indulgence in various luxury goods funded by their illicit activities. Analysis of Davies’ mobile phone messages exposed his frequent drug dealings, often in ounces and sometimes in kilograms, with Warlow implicated as both his driver and financial beneficiary. Notably, she too was involved in orchestrating transactions independently.

The couple holidayed in Fira, Santorini, Greece

Davies, previously convicted twice for six offences, the latest in 2007, and Warlow, with a single conviction in 2009, expressed remorse through their legal representatives.

Davies, 35, from Hawthorn Path, Milford Haven, lamented involving Warlow, acknowledging the detrimental effect on her familial relationships.

Warlow, 31, from Gelliswick Road, Hakin, exhibited regret, particularly for the repercussions on her bond with her children, attributing her actions to naivety.

Both pleaded guilty to charges of possessing with intent to supply and concerning themselves in the supply of both cocaine and cannabis.

Recorder Barry Clarke sentenced Davies to three years of imprisonment, while Warlow received a two-year suspended sentence, mandating 200 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of rehabilitation activities.

The prosecution announced plans to pursue the confiscation of their criminal profits under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Detectives investigating the death of boy, 15, near Lampeter

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Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a 15-year-old boy at a location near Lampeter on Friday afternoon (March 1), the force has confirmed.

The family is being supported by specialist officers.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for H.M. Coroner.

The police issued a statement saying: “We are aware of concern in the community, however as an investigation is ongoing we would ask that support is given to the family by not speculating on the circumstances surrounding the death.”

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