NEWS UPDATE – Fourth person sentenced following Operation Avalanche

South Wales Police


A drug dealer caught as part of Operation Avalanche – a crackdown on the supply of Class A drugs, has been jailed.

Joanne Jones, aged 29, of Bridgend, was this week jailed for 32 months for two counts of supplying a controlled drug of class A – heroin.

Joanne Jones who has been jailed for dealing the class A drug heroin

She pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Jones was arrested by officers as part of Operation Red Dragon which forms part of the force-wide Operation Avalanche to tackle criminality in South Wales. Three days of action involving 220 officers took place in the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend last month.

Cardiff Crown Court heard, Jones sold a wrap of heroin to an undercover officer on July 18, of this year. The officer also witnessed Jones selling a wrap of heroin to a man.

Detective Inspector Dean Taylor said:

“This is the fourth person to be sentenced following Operation Avalanche, a large-scale operation to tackle the supply of class A drugs in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan.

“We will not tolerate dealers operating within our area – and we are committed to disrupting and dismantling these organisations.

“We know the community have been concerned about drug dealing in Bridgend Town Centre and we hope this operation highlights our tough approach to tackling these issues.”

If anyone has information regarding drug supply in Bridgend or the Vale of Glamorgan area you can contact 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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