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Two Swansea men jailed for county lines drug dealing

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Two men have been jailed for a total of over six years for their parts in county lines drug dealing in Swansea.

Dylan Forbes (26) from Swansea was arrested by officers on October 8, 2021 after Class A drugs and weighing scales were found during searches at a flat for a separate offence.

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Lathan James Evans Rees (25) from Cwmbwrla was driving his car when he noticed plain clothed officers and drove off at speed, hitting another police car resulting in Rees’ car being flipped on its roof.

Forbes and Rees have been sentenced to three years and four months each for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Detective Inspector Marc Gardner from South Wales Police said: “We will always be relentless in our efforts to tackle drug supply and all forms of organised criminality which affects the communities that we serve.

“Swansea Neath Port Talbot is, and always will be, a hostile place for criminals to operate.”

South Wales Police are urging people to tell them if they suspect drug dealing is taking place or that a young person or vulnerable adult may have been targeted by an organised group. You don’t have to be certain, just concerned.

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To report, contact the police online, by calling 101 or emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk

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Body found at Waunarlwydd property identified as missing disabled woman

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The body of a woman found at an address at Clos y Deri in Waunarlwydd has been formally identified as that of missing disabled woman, Kelly Randall.

South Wales Police confirmed the identity of the 45-year old after her body was found at the Waunarlwydd property on Monday (16 May).

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Police had previously issued an appeal to find Kelly after she was last seen in Port Talbot over a week previously on Tuesday 3 May.

A 67 year-old man initially arrested for murder in connection with Ms Randall’s death has now been released on police bail while investigations continue.

A 42 year-old man has been released with no further action.

South Wales Police say the family of Ms Randall are being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Superintendent Darren George from South Wales Police’s Major Crime Team said: “A forensic post mortem examination took place yesterday, Wednesday 18th May, and the cause of Ms Randall’s death is unexplained at this time and the investigation is ongoing. As a result, further tests will now be carried out over the coming weeks.

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“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and assistance over the past few days as the investigation has progressed.”

Ms Randall’s daughter, Demi Davies has paid tribute to her mother.

Ms Davies said: “It is with sad regret that I announce the passing of my mum, Kelly Randall. To all that personally knew her knew she had a lot of difficulties in her life that she had to face on a daily basis, but I don’t want to sit here and talk about those today or what people remember her for.

“Instead, I would like people to remember her for her old ways, the old, the real Kelly before addiction took over this beautiful woman’s life. Mam, you were incredibly beautiful, and every time I see your photos my heart feels deep but empty and my eyes flood with tears. I remember the wonderful times and childhood memories you give me and my strong amazing brothers, I remember a cosy warm home, food on the table and wonderful magical Christmas’s. You kept us immaculate, and everyone used to comment on how nice you kept my hair and how glossy and shiny you got it.

“I might not have appreciated it much then, but now, I see a woman with lots of pain and struggle trying to put her kids first whilst facing her own battles and demons and giving them everything she could. You loved us in every way you knew how and tried protecting us from everything you knew that was bad. You tried your best against all odds, and you were an incredible mother and everyone that knew you will say the same. Nobody can ever take that away from you. I certainly have adopted your feistiness and gob, and I am so proud you kept that spirit in you until the very end. I will make sure I keep that in me until the very end also.

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“You are finally free of your addiction and back with all of your brothers and sisters, mum, dad, nephew and other family. You are no longer suffering mam, you’re at peace now. I will always love you and have you in my heart, and when we reunite again one day, I will give you the biggest nurturing hug. Rest in paradise my beautiful mam. My heart and life will never be the same without you, but I will sure make you proud.”

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Police launch appeal to find missing disabled woman

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South Wales Police have launched an appeal to find missing Waunarlwydd woman, Kelly Randall.

45 year-old Kelly was last seen in Port Talbot on Tuesday 3 May.

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A wheelchair user with one leg, Kelly is described as being around 5ft of medium build with brown hair which is tied up – possibly in a bun.

She was last seen wearing black jeans and a black coat.

She has links to both Swansea and Port Talbot.

South Wales Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Kelly, or who has information which will help them to find her, to contact them online or by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 2200149152.

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Port Talbot scaffolder jailed for heading-up drug gang

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A Port Talbot scaffolder has been jailed for 12 years for heading up a drugs gang.

Three men, who were part of the organised crime group which sold illegal drugs, were jailed for a total of 23 years after an 18-month long Police investigation.

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Operation Formby is an investigation conducted by South Wales Police Force Intelligence & Organised Crime Unit into the drug trafficking activities of Daniel Baker and his gang.

Daniel Baker, aged 30 from Sandfields, Port Talbot, was the head of the organised crime group involved in trafficking Class A Cocaine and Class B Ketamine throughout the South Wales region, and in the Oxfordshire area of England.

His connections with Oxfordshire were through his legitimate scaffolding employment.

He was arrested at his home address on August 18, 2021, where he was found in possession of a significant quantity of Class B Ketamine, a firearm and in excess of £44,000 cash.

The investigation uncovered that Baker had been supplying Cocaine since at least 2016 and had been using various individuals to collect debts on his behalf, collect and courier the drugs for him, and other individuals to supply both Cocaine and Ketamine on his behalf.

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Baker and his gang were proven to have supplied 1kg of Cocaine between 2015 and 2018 and a further 9kg between May 2021 and August 2021. The 10 kilograms of Cocaine would have had an estimated street value of between £1.1 million and £1.4 million.

The co-defendants convicted in the conspiracy to supply Cocaine with Daniel Baker were Steven Hughes, age 46, from Abercynon and Mark Lapper, age 41, from East Hanney, Oxfordshire.

The three appeared at Swansea Crown Court today (Monday 9 May 2022).

Daniel Baker pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Class A Cocaine, Possession with intent to supply Class B Ketamine and Possession of a s.5 Firearm. Baker was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Steven Hughes pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Class A Cocaine and Possession of Class B Cannabis. Hughes was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

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Mark Lapper pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Class A Cocaine. Lapper was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings are now ongoing in relation to these individuals to recover assets realised as a result of their drug trafficking activities.

Detective Inspector Russ Jenkins from the Force Intelligence & Organised Crime Unit said: “Organised Crime Groups such as these have continued to operate within our local communities and have been brazen in their activities and believed they are beyond the reach of law.

“Our investigators have worked tirelessly, and continue to utilise all opportunities available, to investigate these offences and successfully prosecute those involved.

“The continued success of these operations provides reassurance and confidence to the communities of South Wales.”

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