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Thursday, 5 September, 2002, 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK
Hunt for suspected drug dealer
Darren Owen
Crime squad officers are seeking Darren Owen
A Cardiff man is on the run after police smashed a major crime network and recovered firearms, large amounts of money and drugs worth nearly 1m.

The National Crime Squad (NCS) has taken the unusual step of identifying 38-year-old Darren Owen who has more than a dozen warrants for his arrest outstanding on firearms, drugs and money laundering offences.

Mr Owen lives in Cardiff Bay
Mr Owen lives in Cardiff Bay

He fled after a number of other people were arrested in July and August, when police seized large quantities of amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis.

The raid was part of an on-going operation by the squad's Welsh branch.

Mr Owen is believed to have been living a luxurious lifestyle in Cardiff Bay and fled when officers from the NCS were preparing to arrest him.

The NCS seized more than 300,000 of his assets including property, his BMW car and 20,000 in cash found inside.


We believe that we have disrupted what was a major drugs supply network

Det Insp Ian Haylock, National Crime Squad

A further 10,000 and a handgun and ammunition were found at Mr Owen's former marital home, which he regularly visited.

Detective Inspector Ian Haylock, of the Welsh branch of the National Crime Squad, said: "This man is facing is facing a number of extremely serious charges and we are doing everything we can to trace him.

"A number of other people we believe to be closely linked to Mr Owen have been arrested and charged and a large quantity of drugs and money have been seized.

"We believe that we have disrupted what was a major drugs supply network across south Wales."

The police are warning the public not to confront Owen.

Any information about his whereabouts can be passed on to a confidential appeals hotline on 0800 0855939.


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