UPDATE: 11 Serious And Organised crime raids across Newport results in 13 arrests...

Officers have arrested 13 people following 11 early morning raids today, (Thursday 14th June 2018) in the Newport City area.

Over 120 specialist officers from Gwent Police and Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit, were involved in the operation targeting specific properties in the Maindee and Alway areas of Newport.

The teams included specialist method of entry and search trained officers, along with officers from our dogs section and Criminal Investigation Teams. Local officers were also used to help carry out this morning's activity.

The warrants saw high value goods seized including cars, clothing, electrical goods, cash and what's believed to be Class A drugs - all thought to be the proceeds of criminal activity and serious organised crime.

12 people have now been arrested - 10 men and 2 women - all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs with an additional 23 year old man arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs . They are all currently in police custody and investigations are now ongoing.

Serious Organised Crime can take many forms of criminal activity and can include: Top tier drugs supply of some our most dangerous Class A drugs, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking, violence and intimidation, cyber-crime and money laundering.

Superintendent for the Newport area Ian Roberts said: "I want to emphasise that these warrants this morning are the culmination of months of meticulous planning to tackle the most serious and organised crimes that we see in Gwent.

"We will not tolerate criminal activity and violence that intimidates and exploits the most vulnerable people in our communities. Today, over 120 of our officers along with officers from Tarian have worked together to carry out these warrants and I'm extremely proud of their hard work and determination which doesn't stop here. Today's activity is just one aspect of a much larger fight to tackle serious and organised crime in Gwent. I really hope this sends a strong message to those involved in these types of crimes that we have our eyes on you.

"I'd like to thank our communities for their support which is vital for warrants like these be executed successfully. Nobody knows their streets better than the communities that live there. If you see something that either seems out of place or in most cases, if something just does not add up then you can contact us and know it will be dealt with seriously. What may seems like a small detail to you, to Gwent Police, it could be the final piece to a much bigger puzzle."

Detective Chief Inspector Julian Bull explains: Detective Chief Inspector Julian Bull from Tarian said: "This was a jointly co-ordinated approach to tackling serious and organised crime in the region between Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit and our partners in Gwent police.

"Tarian ROCU focusses its assets on the most serious organised crime that occurs both across the southern Wales region and nationally.

"Today's enforcement action demonstrates our relentless pursuit of offenders who carry out this type of crime and it sends out a message that they will be investigated and will be subject to arrest and prosecution."