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Last of heroin ring are sentenced

Taj Uddin (L) and Lewis Seivwright
Police said Uddin (L) distributed drugs via Seivwright (R), among others

The last seven members of a drugs gang who conspired to transport heroin with a street value of £700,000 into south Wales have been sentenced.

A total of 20 people were charged as a result of an 18-month police operation codenamed Rebus.

Between July 2007 and September 2008, Gwent Police recovered 7kg of heroin brought from Birmingham to Newport.

Supt Julian Knight of Gwent Police said it was "an excellent result" for "a complex operation".

In last of three trials at Newport Crown Court, Garry Rabjohns, 21, and Benjamin Brown, 26, both of Newport, were given prison sentences of six years and six and a half years respectively.

Ofe Ahmed, 31, of Birmingham, was sentenced to five years and Tariq Hussain, 37, of Newport, was given four years. Abdul Mohib, 23, from Birmingham, received 15 months in prison.

Organised drug gangs wreak massive harm on vulnerable individuals, on families and on communities
Supt Julian Knight, Gwent Police

Shah Hussain, 27, of Birmingham, and Amir Ali, 31, of Newport, were both given nine months suspended sentences and ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid community work.

All seven men pleaded guilty to a variety of drug-related charges.

Previously sentenced was the gang's leader, and the main target of Operation Rebus, Taj Uddin, 34, of Newport, who was jailed for 14 years for conspiracy to supply heroin.

Police said Uddin brought the drugs into Newport and then distributed them to others including Lewis Seivwright, 33, also of Newport, who was sentenced to 11 years.

Other members of the group who were used to deal the drugs, conceal cash or drugs in their homes, and also to courier money, were also given sentences.

(From left): Garry Rabjohns, Ofe Ahmed and Tariq Hussain
Garry Rabjohns (L), Ofe Ahmed and Tariq Hussain (R) were all jailed

Officers from Gwent Police worked closely in the operation with West Midlands Police, who were supported by the specialist Regional Task Force.

Supt Knight, in charge of local policing in Newport, said the investigation required months of hard work and dedication by officers and staff.

He said "I am delighted that this investigation has stopped a significant amount of drugs from being supplied in Newport.

"The most satisfying thing of all is that we have no doubt enhanced the quality of life of many people by taking this gang out of the community and allowed the criminal justice system to punish them."

"Organised drug gangs wreak massive harm on vulnerable individuals, on families and on communities both in Newport and elsewhere."

Judge Roderick Denyer commended the officers involved in Operation Rebus, which he described as "a major operation" involving "significant police work".

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