the teenager was an "extremely active drug dealer"
Arif Ali, aged 18, of Swansea, received an 18-month detention and training order after he ran a Class A drugs empire that was generating a “huge revenue”.
Ali, who is originally from Bradford, was only 16 when he was being driven around Swansea by accomplice Mamun Islam as he delivered heroin and crack to users.
Swansea Crown Court heard the drugs empire was discovered in May 2019, after plain-clothes officers saw a group of known drug users acting suspiciously.
The prosecutor, Jim Davis, said the officers followed the group to a lane and saw a Vauxhall Corsa with Islam at the wheel and Ali beside him.
The vehicle “drove off quickly” when the occupants spotted the officers, but the number plate was noted and the car was stopped a short time later.
Ali was found with £195 in his jacket pocket. While no drugs were found, officers recovered a “burner phone”.
The teenager’s home address was searched and police found a further £950 in cash inside a wardrobe along with 362 ready-to-go street deals of heroin and crack, and a bulk packet containing enough Class A drugs for another 128 wraps.
Mr Davis said police also found a file in Ali’s bedroom containing details of expenditures, as well as the sum “416×20=8320” which appeared to be a calculation of income based on a common £20 street deal.
Islam’s address in Swansea was also searched and officers found messages on mobile phones which showed contact between him and Ali.
One text referenced a sum of £150 to be paid to the defendant to act as Ali’s driver.
After being interviewed, the pair were released under investigation.
In November 2019, police returned to Ali’s home following a call from his mother who was concerned about her son’s activities.
A search of his bedroom found a further 16 wraps of heroin and cocaine but Ali was not there.
Ali was put on the police’s wanted list and on December 3, he was found in the city centre with keys to a house on Wern Fawr Road in Port Tennant where there were several burner phones.
Call logs and notes on the phones suggested that the teenager was an “extremely active drug dealer” generating “huge revenue“.
One note referenced 119 brown and 238 white, slang terms for heroin and cocaine. Mr Davis said Ali’s phones were “constantly receiving calls” while he was in custody.
Meanwhile, police received information about a parcel sent to Islam’s address but in the name of Ali from the Czech Republic which contained an S15 stun gun disguised as a torch, a “survival axe” and a canister of CS spray.
Officers raided Islam’s house and found a phone containing messages which showed he was involved in dealing cannabis since 2015 along with a list of registration plates for unmarked police cars operating in the Swansea area.
Ali had previously pleaded guilty to supplying heroin and cocaine. He also admitted two counts of possession of heroin with intent to supply, and two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
Islam, aged 22, pleaded guilty to supplying heroin, supplying cocaine, supplying cannabis, and importing prohibited weapons.
Ali has one previous conviction for a public order matter while Islam has several which included making threats to kill and drug-driving.
Dan Griffiths said that Ali was originally from Bradford, “an area with its own drug problem”, where he began associating with older and “far more criminally sophisticated” people.
His parents became aware he was “mixing with the wrong crowd”, and moved him to Swansea to get away from such influences but “despite their best intentions the move did not have the desired benefit”.
The “lure of easy money” led Ali to begin dealing drugs in Swansea for a Birmingham gang.
Following his initial arrest, he began dealing on his own.
Lee Davis, for Islam, said it was accepted the defendant had been involving in supplying cannabis but said he was only Ali’s driver in the drugs empire.
The weapons purchased from the Czech Republic had never made it as far as Islam, and there was nothing to suggest he had been using the weapons or violence.
Ali was sentenced to an 18-month detention and training order. Islam was jailed for three years and four months.
The pair will serve up to half of their sentences in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder of their sentences.