Documentary series following South Wales Police. A Merthyr Tydfil drugs cop comes face to face with a 24-year-old who is accused of selling heroin on the estate.
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This morning, drugs warrant to be
executed at unit seven,
Ffrwd Amos Industrial Estate.
It's situated in a compound. It's
gated. Metal fencing all around.
The gate itself is locked so,
we've got to get through that before
we get anywhere near the unit.
There were other units there but
they have all been pulled down.
So it's the only building in
and that's the one that we're
going to be going into.
They've had a good four months now
to get in, set up,
and obviously harvest.
So what we're going into,
I don't know.
When we get in, looking at the
there's a mezzanine on the top
One question, Sarge.
What's a "mezzanee"?
So it's above
the ground level.
That's French, is it?
They say if you can work in the
Valleys, you can work anywhere.
We deal with the same people on
a daily basis.
Everybody knows everybody.
We're all one big family!
It's very close-knit around here.
So I think a strict, regimented
way of policing
would never work round here.
No, no. I just said...
Because it's a small community,
there's been occasions where I've
had to deal with my extended family
in custody. It's a bit awkward.
Yeah, that's why I've been trying to
stop it as well, thank you.
There is a big drug problem and
alcohol problem in the Valleys.
There's no-one else like me.
Rain will clear away this
evening and clouds
will gradually start to break up to
leave some clear spells.
Temperatures down to nine.
Up to you, bring him in for a strip
if you're going to though,
cos he'll put it in under his balls.
PC Jason Kedward, known as Rhino,
is part of a specialist drugs squad
working in the valleys.
Heroin has been in the valleys,
it's increased quite a lot over the
last ten years.
And we've seen that cocaine
I was speaking to a lad the other
week around here and his
words were, "Jase, it's more common
now to go out
"and have cocaine in your pocket
than a pack of cigarettes."
I hate drugs because I've seen
the misery it causes.
Rhino and his team believe that
have moved into the area and are
using a disused warehouse
as a cannabis factory.
Who's in there?
Runner at the back!
There, look. Peggy! There!
How are we going to get
That's what I mean,
it's the only way.
Lima tango 60, any update?
Yeah, two in custody, correct?
There you are.
Yes, two in custody.
Yeah, that's noted.
Two people who jumped out
here will be the gardeners.
And they live in this room.
So basically their life is growing
So they'll sleep there,
And they've just made themselves a
cup of tea.
Before we interrupted them. It's
human trafficking, isn't it?
They are brought to this country
under false pretences
for a new life. And that's
their new life.
It's quite sad. And obviously, they
won't reap the benefits.
It's going to be somebody who is a
lot more organised somewhere.
There's more than ten rooms full
with a street value of
over £1 million.
The factory will be dismantled and
the cannabis destroyed.
I don't like the smell.
It makes me angry.
No, I don't like the smell. You get
used to it though. So...
No, it's a good factory.
It's well set up.
And it's took a while
to set up as well.
Especially the extraction.
The extraction is very good.
In the valleys, a lot of factories,
they are empty, I think.
Traditional industries closed down.
Nearly every village, every town,
had a mine,
if it didn't have a mine
it'd have a steelworks.
See, the area I come from had one
of the largest steelworks in Europe
at the time, there was thousands of
men working there.
They closed down, which left a lot
of people out of work.
Personal use then, is it?!
It's absolute crap round
here for jobs.
There's no opportunity here at all.
I spent three or four years, I think
it was, on the dole,
trying to find jobs.
The majority of us do try, like,
Took me about seven years
to find a job.
I got there in the end.
You know what I mean?
24-year-old Morky is one of many
Valley boys who've never had a job.
I've tried to get jobs. I've never
had a chance. Even from...
No-one have ever given me the
I've tried and just...
Nothing have ever come up.
Like... They want me to do things
that is against my will, do you know
what I mean? Working in the meat
factory and things like that.
So that's when I just thought then,
I'll just make my own money.
At least they can't say I'm
Morky's ways of making money mean
that he and Rhino
have come face-to-face several
times in the past.
Some things might not have been
legal, but I mean,
that's up to me, isn't it?
If I don't get caught, I don't get
caught for it.
Like, buying stolen goods and that.
I used to like... If something was
you'd pick it up cheaper then,
So I just used to, like, buy it,
change it a little bit
and try and sell it to someone
else like, for a bit dearer.
I got caught for it and
I stopped doing that.
I started just buying things
that were broken.
Fix whatever is broke and then put
it up for a better price.
The police suspect Morky might not
have put his criminal past behind
For the last year, Rhino has been
building a case against him.
Morky has been arrested on three
separate occasions over a 12-month
period. The person he was arrested
with has admitted supplying heroin,
saying that he was selling on
I believe that that person's
behalf is Morky.
No drugs were recovered from him,
only some of the people he was with.
But he doesn't work.
He's got no source of income.
He's not claiming any benefits.
But he's got several thousand
pounds on him.
All the notes had abnormally amounts
of diamorphine on there,
which is heroin.
And on the last occasion also had
traces of high amounts
of cocaine. And upon executing the
warrant at his home address,
digital scales were found and on
those scales is traces of heroin and
He's either the most unluckiest
non-drug dealer person in the world
or he's a drug dealer.
Rhino needs the CPS to agree that
he's gathered enough evidence
to charge Morky for dealing. If he's
convicted, he'll face a minimum
of three years in jail.
It's bullshit, like. Do you know
what I mean? What, a bit of money.
That's not my problem it had a bit
of drug residue on it,
do you know what I mean? How many
druggies live around Merthyr?
Freeze. Police. Everyone stay down.
If we have intelligence that someone
is selling drugs
then I go out of my way to
If you care about the area you are
in then I think
you're going to do your damnedest to
make that area a better place.
Drugs have taken over everywhere.
Coke, crack, heroin, mamba, drink...
If they want it, they can get it.
It's fun for the people who do it.
One boy down by there, he thinks
he's Tony Montana.
You've got people that will take it
on the weekend and then you've got
people that you will see on a bench
on a Monday morning that are still
taking it. And they will be there
until Friday morning.
I was a heroin addict. I used to
But now I've been clean about...
So I'm doing well.
Hiya, Dan. It's Julie Reilly from
Ponty police station.
Hiya. I'm all right, thanks.
Just to let you know, I'm just
coming down to Swansea prison.
I'm going to pick Jordan up when
he's released this morning.
You all right? Do you remember me?
What I want to do, is just try and,
you know, continue
to build up a relationship with him,
to get him focused on his housing
and his drug habit and, you know,
just keep trying with him, not to
just give up on him.
Have you had any visitors since
you've been in?
Nobody? Nobody over Christmas?
Santa didn't come in there, did he?
Jordan! I don't know what we're
going to do with you.
20-year-old Jordan has been in and
out of prison for the past year.
Often for violent offences he
committed when taking drugs.
How are you getting money to fund
You're spending your benefits
You got to get your life sorted
To stop Jordan reoffending,
the police have offered him a place
on a rehab scheme
that will help with his
addiction and violence.
Myself, and all my colleagues,
we would rather be preventing crime
than detecting crime.
We always like to think that someone
will eventually turn a corner,
so that we don't just throw them to
the wolves and say,
"you've got to get on with it."
Why did you offend last time?
Is there anything we can do to stop
Your mum and dad then,
they are not together?
No? So why don't you have any
contact with your father?
How old were you when
you left school?
12, 13, yeah.
Yeah. So you haven't had any
schooling since then.
I'm not asking these questions
to be nosy.
But it's trying to understand
why you're like you are.
You know, you're not just offending
and violent and drinking and taking
drugs for no reason at all.
Jordan has been released from
prison on licence.
One of the conditions is that he
mustn't contact his ex-girlfriend,
who he attacked whilst on drugs.
You're only on licence
for two weeks.
So you know now within
this two weeks,
you can be recalled to prison.
So I'm going to be on to you, right,
the next two weeks,
you put a foot out of line, you'll
be back in there.
Four times, is it?
OK. What a waste of your life, isn't
Before going to prison, Jordan was
living with his grandad.
Come on, by here. Aw, what?
But since finding drugs in
his grandad has kicked him out.
I always told you from day one,
I don't mind you having a can,
but there's no way on earth I'm
having drugs in my house.
Didn't I? Cutting my mattress,
What do they call it?
Just get your life sorted out.
That's all I ask in life.
Well, I hope this is the last time
you're going back.
To prison. I honestly do.
I told you. Buck your ideas up and
I'll help you.
I'll help you get a flat. I'll help
you furnish it.
I'll help you with clothes.
Be the little scrote that you keep
being, and forget it.
And I mean that.
What can I say about him, really?
His parents was very young when
they had him.
The mother wasn't very...
Motherly, shall we say.
The father wasn't no better.
There was no food in the cupboards.
There was drugs in the house.
His upbringing was absolute crap.
In hindsight, we should have
and brought him up as our own.
I do feel a bit...
A bit guilty about it.
But you can't turn the clock back,
But I want him to have a good life.
As part of the rehab scheme,
the police have arranged for Jordan
to view a flat in three days' time.
In the meantime, he has to stay
off drugs and away from his ex.
He have got a good heart, that boy.
He'll do anything for anybody.
But I just wish he'd grow a brain
with his heart.
That's all I wish.
Growing up around here, I think,
you've got a sense of family.
Like, I live in the same street
as my mother.
I know a couple of my friends live a
street up from their parents.
Parents are supposed to be a role
model and an influence
on a child's life. My parents are
still an influence on me.
I still do things and I think, I
shouldn't have done that,
I'm going to have
a clout when I get in.
But these kids are growing up
watching their parents smoking
whatever they smoke and injecting
and sniffing or whatever they do
and they think it's acceptable.
The party zone, every
Saturday night from 11. GTFM.
We just try to get an idea of how
many is out on the town tonight,
that's all. Busy here
tonight, isn't it?
In Merthyr, the police are searching
for leads after a man was run over
outside a nightclub.
There's no CCTV and getting
witnesses to go on the record
is proving difficult.
People don't like to be snitches.
If you're a grass around here then
you're seen as a bad person.
You know, so if you know something,
then people don't intend to give
that information out.
A lot of people will tell us off the
record who has done something but
there's still the fear to put
pen to paper,
to give us a witness statement,
to stand up and give evidence
against someone who they've known
or they might know their mother,
the grandmother, to give evidence
against one of your own
is a massive thing.
Only one person's name has come up.
Hearing that police want to talk to
him, he's handed himself in.
So allegedly, he used a car to run
over a male
who was out on a night out with his
friends, rather than get out
and sort him out, I suppose it's
easier give it a drive through.
And he didn't get a big Mac.
So, no, but it's a nasty offence.
Luckily, the guy, like,
there was no serious injuries but
the potential there was massive.
Obviously, he could have killed him.
I've known him since he was a
whippersnapper, and I've watched him
develop and watched his criminality
develop with him but I've never
known him go to this length
of violence, if it is him on
Morky's been in trouble with the
police since he was a kid,
and has served time in prison for a
Merthyr's a small town,
so it is pretty violent.
No knives or nothing, just all...
I don't know, just fighting, and
bats, and bars, and bricks.
But that's not really...
That's probably the highlight of the
..when it kicks off.
If something happens,
every gate will be full from the
next few streets down.
Every person will be out watching.
In interview, Morky's got no comment
to all questions about the man
being run over.
He's used to his name coming up
because of the reputation
he earned when he was younger.
Do you know what I mean?
So far, all the police have to link
the crime to Morky are shots of him
in a blue Golf, captured
two days earlier.
11, ten, empty house.
It's up to us if we've got the
intelligence from the community,
then us as cops,
we've got to try and turn that
intelligence into evidence.
They're not living here,
No, but have they still got the
keys to it to hide a mobile phone?
If Morky's charged
with dealing heroin
and the attack at the nightclub,
he could be sentenced to up to
ten years in jail.
The countryside around here's just
out of this world but,
it's blighted then by no work, no
money, lots of time on your hands,
drugs. It's just that one circle,
which just keeps getting bigger and
bigger and bigger.
Jordan's been out of prison
for 24 hours.
He is due to view a flat in a
couple of days,
so his grandad's been checking
up on him,
trying to keep him out of trouble.
Hello. Well, where are you?
How much of that shit have you put
Don't lie to me, mind.
Have you had food?
Have you had a bath? Are you sure?
I can smell you on this end of
the phone, bud.
You listen to me now, big boy.
Behave yourself, don't get in
You know where I live.
You've got my phone number.
Love you. Ta ta. Ta ta.
He's got this appointment, two
o'clock this afternoon,
so if you do hear from him, will you
just give me a ring and let me know?
But when the appointment to view the
flat comes around,
Jordan doesn't turn up.
And Julie gets a tip-off that might
He's believed to be possibly back
with his girlfriend,
whom he's not supposed to be with
because he's got a licence condition
not to contact this girl.
If he has been in contact with her,
then he'll be recalled to prison.
For so long.
Julie's tip-off proves to be right
and just six days after being
released, Jordan is arrested again.
For breaking his licence conditions,
Jordan will go back to prison for
another two months.
He's had more support than
anybody else I know.
Any of our offenders I know,
he's had the most support and he's
just turned it down,
but as the saying goes, you can take
a horse to water
but you can't force him to drink it.
News of Jordan's arrest has reached
We thought he'd turned the corner.
He was doing, he was doing quite
well and we thought, great, now
you're starting to wise up a bit.
But we were wrong.
We were wrong big-time.
And it hurts.
You know, like I say, he'll always
be my grandson,
I'll always love him.
But there's only so much I can
do for him.
So, I don't know.
I honestly don't know.
At Merthyr police station,
Morky's waiting to find out if
he'll be charged
for the assault at the nightclub.
Detectives are still searching
for witnesses to the attack.
We believe the vehicle has
rounded this corner,
on the opposite side of the road,
has taken him out there,
has then driven off and then taken
the first immediate right.
There are witnesses
people are intimidated by him, you
know. There's no two ways about it.
They're not prepared to put sort of
pen to paper and go to court,
you know, and that's just a problem
we've had because of who this guy
Whilst the community are reluctant
to go on record,
the police believe they've
discovered a motive.
It's alleged that Morky's
girlfriend, Mollie, had an argument
with the victim earlier
in the evening.
Now she's been arrested, too.
The police have put their case
against Morky to the CPS.
Just have a stand by there for me.
On the 10th of December, 2016, at
the street junction
of Aberdare Road, Dynevor Street and
Penry Street in Merthyr Tydfil,
jointly with Mollie Jones,
unlawfully and maliciously wounded
with intent to do him grievous
bodily harm. All right?
How can you charge me for that when
I didn't do it?
Well, I don't see how you can
charge me with that when I haven't
done it, to be honest.
So I'll caution you now, you do not
have to say anything but it may harm
your defence if you don't mention
now something which you later rely
on in court. Anything you do say may
be given in evidence.
Anything you want to say?
They're back talking to each other.
While Morky's in the cells,
Rhino has some news about
into his alleged heroin dealing.
Mind your head.
Mind your head.
Oh, you're up, are you?
Can I have a chat with you, bud?
Between the 10th of May '15 and the
in Merthyr Tydfil, who concerns
supply the quantity of diamorphine,
a controlled drug, namely, of heroin
to others in contravention
of section 41 of the Misuse
Of Drugs Act.
You do not have to say anything...
Anything you do say may be
given in evidence.
Have you got anything to say to
What are you on about?
What the fuck are you on about?
You're being reported for summons
for the offence of supplying heroin
in Merthyr Tydfil.
What do you mean,
report for summons?
What does that mean?
It's the same
as being charged,
only you're going to go to court.
I don't get you.
You're going to go to court for
I haven't even had any heroin to
Well, you've been arrested on a
number of occasions
and the matter's being investigated
and the evidence
has been put to the CPS,
and they've come back with the
charge for you to attend court
for those charges.
I thought you was talking to me.
After being interviewed, Mollie is
released on bail.
Come on then, Moll.
Morky is remanded in custody to face
his GBH charge in the morning.
Last time I was in court,
they used to call me a celebrity
because I'd have
so many family members there, like.
So there'll probably be a couple
There'd better be, anyway.
I come from a gypsy background, so
I've got plenty of family,
so I don't need friends, do you
know what I mean?
Very big family.
We tend to have rows, but if
something goes wrong,
then everyone's there, do you know
what I mean?
He'd admit to it if he'd done it.
If he had done it, he'd come and
tell us but at the end of the day,
we are family. He would tell us, but
he definitely haven't done it.
Surprising what liars can do,
Because that's what it's down to.
With charges for selling heroin to
answer as well,
Morky's family will have to make
several trips to court
over the coming days.
I've never seen someone to go
in the police station just for one
thing and come out with about ten.
Why can't they just leave him alone?
It would be nice to get over
because there's a lot of work gone
in there but it's not up to me
to decide if Morky has been doing
that or he hasn't.
That's all I've got is some
evidence, some circumstances.
It's the jury, the 12 ladies and
gentlemen who have got to make the
decision if he has been doing it.
You all right?
I love you.
Love you, too.
All right, boy?
If they decide then he has, then
I'll have a beer. And if they decide
he hasn't, I'll still have a beer.
We are going to court now and see.
He looks skinny, don't he?
Don't he look skinny?
Looks all right though, don't he?
Jordan's been out of prison for
nearly three months
and has been sofa surfing
around the valleys.
Jordan hasn't seen his grandad since
he was released.
I've spoken to Jordan once now in
the last, I'd say, three months.
I feel like a mushroom - kept in
the dark and fed on bullshit.
Jordan remains on the police
but Julia's concerned that without
he'll end up back behind bars.
You know, he has said himself that
he's going to make the effort
to go to his grandfather.
He is going to apologise for his
behaviour the last time he was out.
His grandfather may, you know,
may have had some time to calm down
and might give him another chance.
You look terrible.
So what have you
been taking altogether?
And what's Phet? What do it do?
So why would you want to take that?
You're in a hell of a mess,
You're in a hell of a mess,
let's be honest.
When was the last time you had food?
And you can't live on
one meal in eight days.
And I'm too scared to give you any
money, I'm scared you'll buy drugs.
You've gone downhill further now
And now we're all going to stand
around your graveside, are we?
So what are we going to do, boy?
Here you are.
Get yourself some food.
Don't buy anything else out of it.
Come here, give me a cwtch.
I'm out now, aren't I?
So Merry Christmas.
Yeah, I'm all right.
Merthyr Tydfil drugs cop Rhino comes face to face with 24-year-old Morky, who is accused of selling heroin on the estate. Morky claims that, while he is no angel, he is not involved with drugs.
Twenty-year-old valley boy Jordan has spent most of the year in Cardiff and Swansea prisons, but when he is given a place on a new police rehab scheme, he can see a glimpse of a better future - if he can stay off drugs and keep out of trouble.