South East Wales

Dealer Ali Hassan jailed over heroin and gun in Cardiff

Ali Hassan
Image caption Ali Hassan was convicted after a trial at Newport Crown Court

A man has been jailed for 10 years for carrying a handgun while he dealt in heroin on the streets of Cardiff.

Ali Hassan, 31, from the Riverside area of the city, was convicted after a five-day trial at Newport Crown Court.

He had denied possessing a firearm and ammunition, as well as possessing heroin with intent to supply.

Hassan was caught after police saw him behaving suspiciously. Officers found heroin hidden in a cigarette case and the automatic pistol in his car boot.

He was sentenced to five years in prison for the drugs offence and five years for the handgun to run consecutively.

A two year sentence for possession of ammunition was also given to run concurrently.

Det Con Tim Jones from the Cardiff Drugs Squad said: "Hassan carried a potentially lethal weapon while selling heroin in the Riverside area.

"We are pleased to have to removed this weapon and his drug dealing activity from the streets of Cardiff.

"We hope that this sentence will deter anyone else thinking of following in Hassan's footsteps."

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