Jail for town centre drug dealer

Jail for town centre drug dealer

By David Parker | 10/05/2021

Jail for town centre drug dealer
Abdi Ali

A DRUG dealer caught selling class A substances in Rotherham town centre has been jailed.

Officers stopped and searched Abdi Ali (25) after they saw him dealing drugs to another man, a police spokeswoman said.

Police found 15 wraps of heroin and 38 wraps of crack cocaine which had a combined street value of around £900.

Ali's bag, which was also seized, contained £300 in cash, the spokeswoman said.

Ali, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply, was jailed for 32 months at Sheffield Crown Court for the July 2019 incident.

Det Insp Scott Szymczak said: "This is a perfect example of why proactive patrols and tactics, such as stop and search, can have a really big impact on putting a stop to drugs being dealt on our streets.

"Operation Fortify is the name for the work we undertake with our partners to put a stop to organised crime and from people benefiting from drugs and violence.

"Ali was stopped by an officer out on patrol in the town centre, demonstrating our proactive approach to tackling organised criminality in Rotherham.

"It's great to see to results like this, but there is always more to do.

"If you have any information relating to drugs supply, or suspicious activity in your area, please report this so we can act."

Ali's current address is at Philadelphia Grove, Sheffield, but the spokeswoman said he was a long-standing Rotherham resident.

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