Bristol drug dealer jailed for 11 years
A Bristol man has been jailed for 11 years for conspiracy to supply heroin.
Islam Rouf was arrested after police stopped his vehicle travelling on the M4 heading towards Gloucester. Inside the vehicle officers recovered £10,000 in cash, a baseball bat and a telescopic baton.
The money seized was found to be heavily contaminated with heroin and amphetamine.
The case was linked to the discovery of a quarter of a kilo of heroin at a property in Stapleton Road, Easton.
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Unusually the heroin had been compressed into cylinders. Officers believe that this was done to aid importation and conceal the heroin, given its high purity level.
Officers later attended an address in Kimberley Close, Downend, and discovered five kilograms of heroin, again packed in cylinders.
Juned Ali and Neirmal Singh were both convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and sentenced to imprisonment in 2010.
Now, following a two-week trial, a jury at Bristol Crown Court has also found Rouf, aged 35 and from Kingswood, guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin.
Detective Inspector Simon Wilstead said Rouf's conviction bought to a close a lengthy and complex police investigation spanning a number of forces across the UK.
He said: "A quarter of a million pounds worth of heroin and £60,000 pounds in cash were recovered which will leave a sizeable dent in the organised crime group responsible for importing the drugs.
"Most importantly from the investigative perspective is to have been able to convict one of the principal organisers who has used other more vulnerable individuals to transport and handle the illicit product."
Anyone with information on drugs or crime in their area is urged to contact police on 101.