North Wales Police officers launched their biggest drugs raid in twenty years on Tuesday, as they raided 30 properties across North Wales, resulting in 15 arrests and drugs, cash and other items being seized. All those arrested are being held at custody suites in North Wales.

Over 250 police officers were involved in the operation and they were assisted by colleagues from Greater Manchester and Merseyside Police, who also executed a number of similar searches in the Merseyside and Manchester areas.

Under the forces Operation Scorpion banner, specifically targeting those involved in serious and organised crime, the action was an intelligence led operation which started investigating a suspected organised crime group in the town of Holyhead and spread to include the whole of Anglesey and parts of Conwy and the north-west.

Det Supt Iestyn Davies NWP said: “Today’s operation across all parts of north Wales and the north west has been a massive undertaking and I’d like to thank and pay tribute to all those officers involved, and our colleagues from GMP and Merseyside for their professionalism and commitment. It has been abundantly clear this morning from the community’s response that our action was very well received.

“Our commitment in keeping our communities safe remains a priority is also aimed at those bringing drugs into our communities from outside north Wales and in line with ‘Operation Scorpion’ is directly targeting serious and organised crime. It is vitally important we listen to concerns from our local communities and where necessary take proportionate and positive action.

“Drugs trafficking and the inherent misery and violence it brings with it is a plague in our society and we will continue to take positive, robust action to bring offenders to justice. However we can’t do this alone and I cannot emphasise enough the importance of sharing information with us. Thank you for the information already shared, please keep it coming. I’d also like to thank the local communities where searches have taken place for their patience and understanding whilst the police operation unfolded and we aim to return the areas to normality as soon as possible.”

Information can be passed by contacting the control room direct via the web live chat or phoning 101. If you’d rather pass information anonymously then phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.