POLICE seized more than £20,000 in cash, a large quantity of Class A drugs and uncovered a cannabis “factory” during a raid in Wrexham.
The operation on New Year’s Eve came on top of two raids just before and after Christmas which led to the seizure of a quantity of cocaine and cannabis.
The senior officer in charge has now hailed the drug-busting operations as successful examples of co-operation between the police and the public, as each resulted from confidential tip-offs.
A raid on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve was mounted by officers based in Wrexham town centre under the direction of Inspector Alex Goss.
He said: “We executed a warrant at the property, which was a private address, and seized a substantial amount of cash in excess of £20,000.
“We also seized a substantial amount of drugs, some of which were Class A and which were sent for analysis.
“There was also a hydroponics unit used for growing cannabis.
“We are now seeking people in connection with these discoveries.”
The first of the drugs raids came on Wednesday, December 23, when officers executed a warrant at a house in the Wrexham area where they seized a quantity of cocaine after forcing their way into the property.
Efforts are continuing to trace suspects in this case.
A week later, on Wednesday, December 30, officers raided a property in Wrexham, and seized a quantity of cocaine.
Insp Goss said the person involved in this discovery had since been dealt with.
He added: “These are three prime examples of ‘you said, we did’.
“We acted on intelligence from the public and carried out these raids.
“If people tell us what is going on in an area we will do something.
“We do obviously have to weigh up the information to make sure it’s not fictitious but we can work pretty quickly.
“It was a success and is part of an ongoing drugs operation in the town.”
Insp Goss said police wanted to focus on stamping out the use of recreational drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamine, in the town .
He said: “Wherever there is nightlife you will get this sort of drug.
“I don’t think it is a particular problem in Wrexham but there are recreational drugs out there.”
Last week Wrexham North’s new district inspector Paul Jones also vowed to crack down on crime reported by members of the public.
Insp Jones, who is responsible for villages including Gwersyllt, Llay, Coedpoeth, Gresford and Rossett, said his officers would act on specific information from local people.
He said: “It’s about people telling us where we need to patrol. If there is a problem, we will listen.”