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Three men were arrested for importing more than 350,000 illegal diazepam tablets from Sri Lanka to Wales, UK, Wales Online reported yesterday.

It said Paul Jones, Paul Roche, and David Clark were caught as part of Operation Etna to tackle the supply of Class C drugs into the UK and their onward distribution in the Bridgend area.   

The defendants were responsible for the importation of more than 350,000 diazepam tablets – used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and fits – with a potential street value exceeding £32,000.

The South Wales Police said the convictions were the result of an operation led by officers from Bridgend’s organised crime unit and involving the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), UK Border Force, and the National Crime Agency.   

The investigation began when UK Border Force officers intercepted a number of parcels sent from Sri Lanka to addresses in the Bridgend area.

Police executed search warrants at an address in Bridgend in March 2018 along with addresses in the Porthcawl, Swansea, and Rhondda Cynon Taff areas in June of last year.   

The trio was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court last Friday after admitting to conspiring to evade the law by the importation of controlled drugs of Class C.

Jones, 30, of Tonypandy, and Roche, 45, of North Cornelly, also both pleaded guilty to supplying a controlled drug of Class B – amphetamine.

Jones, the facilitator of the group, was jailed for 16 months and Roche was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

David Clark, 38, of Porthcawl, was sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for 18 months for the importation offence. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Detective Sergeant Karen Merrett, of Bridgend’s organised crime unit, said the operation was an example of the continued commitment by the South Wales Police to tackle organised crime groups and preventing the supply of harmful drugs onto the streets of South Wales.

Paul Roche and Paul Jones

  Comments - 7

  • ANTON Friday, 12 July 2019 11:46 AM


    Sashi Friday, 12 July 2019 12:10 PM

    These guys will probably return with visas on arrival...

    Dee Friday, 12 July 2019 12:15 PM

    Such a small value! 32k pounds? Not even worth the effort of dealing and even the arrests made.

    Kanthaka Friday, 12 July 2019 12:18 PM

    Becoming a hub for drug trafficking will attract more undesirables to our shores! What has happened to our beautiful Lanka?

    Sam Friday, 12 July 2019 12:54 PM

    When will the politician or doctor who was sending them to them be arrested? Never!

    peter Friday, 12 July 2019 01:09 PM

    Diazepam is not a narcotic-Anton. It is a prescription drug used for several neurological issues

    Jaya Friday, 12 July 2019 08:57 PM

    The Sri Lankan Doctors must be involved otherwise how can the criminals have access to these powerful medical drugs. Raid the hospitals and arrest the Doctors.

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