Two arrested in drugs ‘cuckooing’ investigation

Two people have been questioned in what’s thought to be one of the first known cases of drugs ‘cuckooing’ in south Gwynedd.

A local woman in her forties and a man in his 20s from the North West of England were arrested on Wednesday during a raid on a house in Blaenau Ffestiniog. A large haul of cash and class A drugs were seized.

They were both released on bail but remain under investigation on suspicion of being involved in supplying class A drugs. A second man from the North West of England is still wanted by police.

Detectives say they were tipped off about two men from the region, actively selling controlled drugs in Blaenau Ffestiniog, after they moved temporarily into a house in the town.

Cuckooing is based on the so-called ‘county lines’ system, where drug dealers from large urban areas extend their operations by sending low level dealers into rural parts.

According to a North Wales Police spokesperson, the dealers typically stay at the home of a ‘vulnerable’ individual – often without their consent – and carry out their business from their address.

Sergeant Iwan Jones said: ”From the feedback received by local residents it is clear that there is little tolerance for this sort of activity within the town.”

”This is believed to be one of the first incidents of cuckooing within the Gwynedd South area and due to the information provided by the community, we were able to act quickly to disrupt the activity.”

”We want to reassure the local community that we are taking this issue seriously and we will target individuals who persistently cause misery to local people and visitors to the area.”

Anyone with information about suspicious drug activity in the area is urged to contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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