Chain­saw po­lice raid drug dealer is sent to prison

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.”

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