Extradited Cardiff heroin dealer sentenced to 94 months

01/12/2014

A Cardiff drugs dealer has been sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison at Cardiff Crown Court, after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

A 2010 police investigation into an alleged conspiracy to supply heroin had initially identified Saned Saleh a suspect. Four other men were arrested and charged for their parts in the conspiracy and were eventually sentenced in 2011.

However before Saleh could be arrested, he fled the country. He was initially believed to be in Thailand, but after further investigation was ultimately located in Spain. A European Arrest Warrant was sought and granted, leading to Saleh's return to the UK to face criminal charges.

In February 2014, Saleh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin. His sentence was adjourned until the conclusion of a further case against him for firearms offences. Two trials followed in which juries were unable to reach verdicts on the firearms offences. The prosecution subsequently informed the court that it would not seek a third trial on those matters.

Catrin Evans, Head of the CPS Cymru-Wales Complex Casework Unit, said:

"Saned Saleh is guilty of playing a central role in a conspiracy to supply heroin to the streets of South Wales. There can be no doubt as to just what a damaging effect this drug can have both on individuals and local communities. There is a well-established link between drug use and other types of criminality, as those in the grip of addiction turn to any means they can to fund their habit.

"Callous dealers like Saleh seek to profit from this misery, which is what makes the actions of dealers like him so abhorrent to those who have to live with the consequences.

"Saleh fled the country in a bid to avoid arrest, but he reckoned without the persistence and determination of a multi-agency team including CPS extradition experts and police specialist investigators. As a result of their professionalism, this dangerous drug dealer has been brought to justice.

"We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that those who blight our communities in this way are made to face the consequences of their actions."