Crime gang responsible for biggest ever drugs haul in Wales receive almost 100 years behind bars

Published:16.08.2016

photo of seized drugs

Thanks to a complex and protracted investigation a crime gang has been dismantled and almost 40kg of Heroin taken off the streets.

Operation Frank, which was managed by TARIAN Regional Organised Crime Unit, was a two-year investigation involving covert policing techniques.
Following the seven-week trial four defendants were found guilty of offences (six pleaded) ranging from conspiring to supply heroin and money laundering – and received a total of 96 years and eight months in prison.

They formed part of a wider crime group from the Cardiff and Gwent area with links to the West Midlands – and six of which pleaded guilty before the trial.
In addition to the heroin, the gang also had in excess of £275,000 seized, which police proved was part of the drug dealing activities.

Detective Chief Inspection Gary Phillips of the Regional Organised Crime Unit commented: "This is another positive result for the regional unit and communities we serve.

"Clearly the individuals involved in this case have no regard for the law and were intent on making large sums of money from their drug dealing activities, with no consideration of the terrible impact their actions were causing.
"We are committed to targeting organised criminals and I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the public that if they have any information that can help us then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Detective Inspector Nick Wilkie said: "These defendants thought they were untouchable and had no regard for the negative affect their criminal activity was having on local communities.
"Tackling illegal drug supply on our streets is a priority, and the sentences received today serve as a warning to others that it will not be tolerated.
"I encourage anyone with concerns relating to drug supply in their neighbourhood to contact police immediately so we can take the appropriate action and bring offenders to justice."

The following defendants were found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court today:

  • Shazia Ahmed: 10 Years from Newport, found guilty of conspiring to supply heroin
  • Waseem Ali: 8 Years from Newport, found guilty of conspiring to supply heroin
  • Umar Arif: 10 Years 4 Months from Cardiff, found guilty of conspiring to supply heroin
  • Zawed Malik: 8 Years from Greater Manchester, found guilty of conspiring to supply heroin

The following defendants pleaded guilty before the trial:

  • Imtiaz Ali: 17 Years from Newport, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin
  • Mohammad Sajjad: 17 Years from Cardiff, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin
  • Aftab Boota: 7 Years from Newport, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin
  • Paul Thomas: 9 years from Cardiff, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin
  • Waseem Riaz: 7 years from Newport, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin
  • Tracey Ford: 3 years four months from Cardiff, who admitted money laundering