Police delight as city drug dealer gets 11-year jail sentence
A HEROIN dealer from Kingswood has been jailed for 11 years.
A jury at Bristol Crown Court took just two hours to return a unanimous verdict finding Islam Rouf, pictured, guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin. Intelligence identified him as the ring leader of a drug supply network across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
In October 2009, police raided a house in Stapleton Road, Easton, and a quarter of a kilo of high-purity heroin. Unusually, it had been compressed into cylinders, which officers believe had helped its importation to the country.
The man arrested at that address was Juned Ali who was in 2010 sentenced to 42 months in custody. Officers later went to a house in Kimberley Close, Downend and discovered 5kg of heroin, again packed in cylinders.
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Neirmal Singh was arrested, convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and jailed for six years. Rouf, 35, was arrested on November 5, 2009, when police stopped his car on the M4 heading towards Gloucester. Inside, officers found £10,000 in cash, a baseball bat and a telescopic baton. The cash was contaminated with heroin and amphetamine.
Det Insp Simon Wilstead said: "The strong deterrent sentence of 11 years handed out to Islam Rouf brings to a conclusion a lengthy and complex investigation spanning a number of forces across the UK. 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."
It was not the first time Rouf had been busted for large-scale drug crime. In 2002 he was involved in a plot to import £250,000 worth of heroin and was jailed for six years.
Det Insp added: "Heroin is a highly addictive drug which has a terrible consequence on those that are affected by it.Our residents should be reassured that Avon and Somerset Constabulary together with the support of the Crown Prosecution Service, will do all we can to disrupt, dismantle and destroy the organised crime groups responsible for causing this harm."