A dad-of-three looking to expand his drugs business was taking orders for up to half a kilo of cocaine at a time, a court heard.
Shahinoor Rahman had been dealing in the centre of Cardiff but was trying to sell drugs in the Valleys when he was caught by police with fellow dealer Faysyl Ahmed.
Sentencing the pair at Cardiff Crown Court , Judge Richard Twomlow said they told the jury a “hopeless cock and bull story” which they did not accept.
The court heard Rahman and Ahmed were stopped by the police on August 19 last year and caught with cash and three bags of cocaine. Judge Twomlow said: “You were clearly going to supply drugs.”
Christian Jowett, prosecuting, said phones were also seized from the car and analysed. Messages revealed Rahman had been offering to supply ecstasy and cocaine over an 18-month period between March 2017 and August 2018.
Prosecutors alleged he understood the scale of the operation with cocaine coming from Peru and being dealt to users in Cathays and Roath .
Mr Jowett said there was evidence Rahman was trying to establish the Cynon Valley as a new area for dealing.
The court heard he was dealing with orders up to half a kilo of cocaine at a time and organised other people to act as drugs runners, sometimes using intimidation.
Prosecutors said he received a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, in March 2016 for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
On that occasion he was caught in Clifton Street in Adamsdown after he was seen taking part in a drugs transaction. He was also ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work but his latest offending happened before that sentence had expired.
Rahman, 31, from Cecil Street in Adamsdown, denied possessing cocaine with intent to supply and offering to supply cocaine and ecstasy but was found guilty by a jury. He denied driving without insurance and obstructing a police officer and the Crown offered no evidence.
Gareth Morley, defending, said: “We simply do not know the total extent of his involvement in this.”
He accepted the evidence was “overwhelming” once the phone was attributed to Rahman but said the court did not know how many drugs were supplied or how much money he made.
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Mr Morley said his client had three sons and described him as “a hardworking family man”.
He added: “I have had the rather painful task of explaining to his family today that the court’s hands are tied. There is absolutely no alternative to a custodial sentence of some length.”
The court heard cash was found in envelopes with Ahmed’s name on but it was agreed his involvement was not on the same level as Rahman.
Ahmed, 28, from Alma Road in Roath, denied possessing cocaine with intent to supply but was found guilty by a jury.
David Pinnell, defending, said his client was running for Rahman and suggested his role was limited.
He said Ahmed lost his job due to alcohol addiction and turned to drug dealing to make money but has detoxified since he was remanded in custody. He had no relevant previous convictions.
Mr Jowett said the prosecution would not make an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act because the defendants’ available assets were limited.
Judge Twomlow noted they both “made up some stupid story” but the jury did not accept their accounts.
Rahman was jailed for 14 years and Ahmed for five years. An order was made for the cash to be confiscated and the drugs to be destroyed.