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Dyfed-Powys trials drug swipe kits for response officers

The initiative, aimed at tackling drug driving, has resulted in 32 arrests over the last two months.

Dyfed-Powys has recently equipped response officers with drug swipe kits traditionally used by roads policing units.

The specialist kits have allowed frontline officers to test for drug drivers either following a collision or during intelligence-led vehicle stops.

Over the last two months, the pilot programme has resulted in 32 arrests; 25 for drug driving, five for drink driving and two during stop searches (one on suspicion of possession class A with intent to supply and the second who is believed to be linked to a London-based organised crime gang).

There has been 86 stop searches under Operation Madron – resulting in the seizure of cocaine, cannabis and herbal cannabis with a street value of over £1,000.

Ceredigion Superintendent Ross Evans said: “We are concerned at the number of drivers being arrested in the county while under the influence of drugs.

“We are working hard to deter this type of crime, and by issuing these kits to local officers we are making a concentrated effort to locate and test drivers we suspect are driving illegally.

“Any drivers that are caught will be prosecuted. I can reassure the public that we are taking this issue seriously and I encourage anyone with information or concerns to contact us.”

Sergeant Adam Hodgkinson added: “We are also working hard to try and break the cycle of reoffending and in an effort to help the people identified as experiencing drugs issues six people have been referred to the diversionary scheme to speak with a support worker, and three others have been referred to the Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service following positive drug tests on arrest for class A substances.”

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