Posted: Thu 28th Apr 2016

London Drug Dealers Arrested In Cardiff Hotel

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

London drug dealers who set up shop in a Cardiff hotel to deal heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed for a total of nearly 30 years. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ringleader Mohamed Ahmed was given a 5 year sentence, consecutive to a 6 year sentence he received at Swansea Crown Court in November 2015 for similar offences. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The gang were caught by plain-clothed officers working nights in the Riverside area of Cardiff in March last year.
One the members who called himself ‘America’ Ali mistook an officer for a potential customer and when arrested was found to have cash, a mobile phone with drug related messages, and a key card for a city centre hotel. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ali’s five fellow gang members were found in two rooms of the hotel with prepared deals of heroin and crack cocaine.
Ringleader Mohamed Ahmed, 27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, along with three of his drug runners Yassin Ahmed, 22, Callum Alex-Hunt, 22, and Hashi Abdi, 21. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The remaining conspirators Ahmed Ali, 25, and Jamal Yusuf, 26, were unanimously found guilty of the same charges by a jury after an eleven day trial at Cardiff’s Crown Court last month. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

They have now all been sentenced receiving the following prison sentences: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Jamal Yusuf: 9 years
Ahmed Ali: 6.5 years
Mohamed Ahmed: 5 years
Callum Alex-Hunt: 4years
Hashi Abdi: 3years
Yassin Ahmed: 2 years 4 months ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Detective Constable Ross Canning, from Cardiff’s Proactive CID, said “This group thought they were untouchable. They came to Cardiff to deal these destructive drugs using hotel rooms as bases for their operations. They were found out and now all six face substantial prison sentences. “We will continue to arrest any criminal groups who falsely believe South Wales is a good place for them to operate. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“With the continued support of our communities we will find out where they are, arrest them and put them before the courts. We hope this case deters others from following in their footsteps, if not we’ll be waiting to greet them.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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Pictured from top left to bottom right: Mohamed Ahmed, Jamal Yusuf, Ahmed Ali, Callum Alex-Hunt, Yassin Ahmed, Hashi Abdi. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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