Chainsaw police raid drug dealer is sent to prison
A DRUG dealer who was arrested after police broke down the door of a Cardiff house with a chainsaw has been jailed.
Khalid Mohammed was sentenced to four years after he pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine and money laundering.
Tens of thousands of pounds were found to have passed through his bank accounts, even though he was unemployed.
And South Wales Police revealed how Mohammed had initially tried to claim he was innocent and the raid had “unfairly brought shame upon him”.
The 30 year-old, from Pomeroy Street, Butetown, was arrested on March 30 last year when officers carried out an early morning raid on a house linked to him in Angelina Street.
The operation made national news as police – for one of the first times ever – used a chainsaw to cut through the front door of a house in seconds.
Officers did not uncover drugs but mobile phones and sim cards were seized by officers.
Traces of cocaine were discovered on both devices and messages confirmed they belonged to Mohammed, and they were being used to deal drugs.
An investigation into Mohammed’s financial background also revealed more than £60,000 had passed through his bank accounts, despite him being unemployed and relying on benefits.
Mohammed pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court.
His assets have also been frozen and he will be investigated under the Proceed of Crime Act.
Detective Constable Ian Morgan, who led the investigation, said: “Khalid Mohammed is wholesaler of class A drugs. Despite initially protesting his innocence and claiming that the police raids had unfairly brought shame upon him, he went on to admit supplying class A drugs and money laundering.
“His assets have been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and he faces losing anything that he gained with the proceeds of drug money.”