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Newport taxi driver jailed for over six years after police find 2kg of cocaine and cash in cab

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Newport taxi driver Mohammed Yamin, 53, has been sentenced to six years and six months in prison for his involvement in the supply of Class A drugs.

The conviction was handed down at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday 20 February, following Yamin's arrest for possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Yamin was stopped on the A472 near Pontllanfraith, where police discovered 2kg of cocaine and a substantial sum of money in his vehicle. This incident led to further searches at his home, resulting in the seizure of an additional £17,000.

Detective Constable Hackney, leading the investigation, highlighted the case as a significant achievement in the fight against drug trafficking. He noted that the cocaine found had a high purity level, intended for distribution in the Blackwood area, underscoring Yamin's "significant role" in the drug supply chain.

Detective Constable Hackney said: “Mohammed Yamin played a significant role in the distribution of wholesale amounts of cocaine.

“During the stop and search in May last year, officers found 2kg of high purity cocaine that was being taken to the Blackwood area.

“Further searches by officers, in the taxi and Yamin’s home address, uncovered a total of £17,000 in cash.

“We welcome the sentence imposed on Yamin and hope it acts not only as a warning against others who are tempted to engage in such criminality but reassures the community that we are committed to targeting those involved in drug supply.

"Illegal drugs have no place in our society and we encourage people to continue to report any such concerns so we can take action.”


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