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Six charged after £1 million cannabis raids

  South Wales Police

Six men have been charged after police shut down a string of cannabis factories across South Wales.

The raids on six addresses, including one in Barry, led to detectives seizing drugs worth more than an estimated £1 million.

It's believed the factories were part of an organised crime operation.

Plain-clothed officers were on patrol in the Riverside area of Cardiff on Saturday, when they noticed a grey Volkswagen Passat car.

The driver didn't have any car insurance but did have photos of utility bills for a number of properties in the region, for which he could give no expalantion.

South Wales Police's Operation Spectre unit went onto carry out searches at:

  • Newton Street, Barry
  • Dogfield Street, Cathays
  • North Clive Street, Grangetown
  • Bromfield Street, Grangetown
  • Llantrisant Road, Pontypridd
  • Elm Street, Roath

Six men have been remanded in custody after they were charged with being involved in producing cannabis.

Arjet Gjata (41) of Roath, Klodian Skeja (34) of Grangetown, Shkelzen Skeja (25) of Grangetown, and Xhorei Hushi (23), Elidjon Cota (24) and Erdisjon Gjura (25), all of no fixed abode, are due to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday 4th October.

South Wales Police said more than £2 million worth of drugs, £51k in cash and 34 weapons have been seized since April. More than 140 people have been arrested by the Operation Spectre team, based in Cardiff.

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