Police believe a cannabis dealer caught with a stash of deals in his car was involved in a Kurdish organised crime group, a court has heard.
Karwan Mohammedi was arrested after officers pulled over and searched his 4×4 in a Cardiff street.
Cardiff Crown Court was told that the community w the defendant was operating is one of the busiest areas for cannabis dealing in the whole of the South Wales Police patch.
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The court heard that on January 4 this year police on patrol in the Cathays area of Cardiff became suspicion of a Chevrolet Captiva being driven in Salisbury Road. The 4×4 was followed to Lowther Road and then Richmond Road w it was pulled over.
Thomas Roberts, prosecuting, said the driver Mohammedi and his car were searched and officers recovered a bag containing 13 ready-wrapped cannabis deals along with two mobile phones and £125 cash. Messages relating to drug dealing were found on the phones. In his subsequent interview the 28-year-old denied knowing anything abut the cannabis in his car though the court heard his fingerprints were later found on the bags.
The prosecutor said the area of Cathays w the defendant was stopped was one of the busiest for cannabis dealing in the whole of the South Wales Police force area and that detectives believe Mohammedi was part of a Kurdish organised crime group which is active in the supplying of the drug.
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Karwan Halih Mohammedi, of Broadway, Adamsdown, Cardiff, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply. He has no previous convictions in the UK. He was assisted during the hearing by a Kurdish Sorani interpreter.
Nigel Fryer, for Mohammedi, said the defendant could rightly be called a “runner” in the drug supply chain and would have had only a limited role in the operation. He said a pre-sentence report had expressed concerns about his client’s vulnerability in custody given his lack of English-language skills and he invited the court to draw back from imposing a sentence of immediate custody.
Recorder Greg Bull QC said Mohammedi had come to the UK as a refugee and applied to be allowed to stay – an application that was rejected and which is currently the subject of an appeal. He told the defendant that while going through the immigration process he committed a serious criminal offence.
The recorder said he had read the pre-sentence report on Mohammedi with care but had come to the conclusion that only a sentence of immediate custody was appropriate and sentenced him to six months in prison. Mohammedi will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence.
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Source: Wales Online