Uk’s Biggest Ever LSD Bust “Operation Julie” Turned Into A Musical!
Cambrian News reports ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre’s Summer show this year will be a musical about one of the biggest drug busts the world has ever seen. Over four decades ago, rural west Wales was at the centre of one of the greatest drugs busts in history which involved 800 police officers who went undercover to break an LSD ring that supplied 60 per cent of the global supply. The police investigation, Operation Julie, resulted in dozens of arrests and the discovery of LSD worth half a billion pounds in today’s money in places such as Tregaron, Carno and Llanddewi Brefi. This summer, a brand-new musical play from Theatr na nÓg and Aberystwyth Arts Centre explores the story from both sides of the drugs divide – the police, and the hippies who settled in Ceredigion hoping to spread their ideals in a changing world. Theatr na nÓg and Aberystwyth Arts Centre will present an ambitious co-production for audiences in Aberystwyth before touring Wales. Christine Bott and Stella the Saanen at Aberystwyth Agricultural Show in 1975 (Photo: Olwen & Raymond Daniel ) (Photo: Olwen & Raymond Daniel ) Operation Julie is a musical play packed with songs, drama and comedy, telling the extraordinary story of what happened in and around west Wales in the mid-1970s when hippies settled in the area seeking a new way of living fuelled by acid and an alternative attitude. When a chance clue is discovered following a car accident, the local constabulary work with detectives from across Britain to uncover what turned out to be the biggest stash of acid ever found, taking out up to 60 per cent of the world’s LSD market at that time.
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