A heroin and crack cocaine dealer has been jailed after police uncovered his stash in a Cardiff neighbourhood. But South Wales Police warned Adamsdown was still being targeted by Class A dealers and an operation to clamp down on them is ongoing.

Akeil Maskeen, 22, tried to make off from officers on September 30 but shortly afterwards he was detained in a Clifton Street shop. “CCTV showed him attempting to conceal several wraps of Class A drugs and a mobile phone which were soon found by officers,” said a force spokesman. “A further search of Maskeen’s home address in Broadway uncovered further drugs which were all seized.”

Police seized an estimated £9,080 worth of drugs and £3,510 in cash from Maskeen’s property. He appeared on December 15 at Cardiff Crown Court where he was jailed for five and a half years for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin and acquiring criminal property.

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Inspector Gerallt Hughes said: “Operation Albarn is in place to tackle information and intelligence surrounding the sale of Class A drugs in Adamsdown. The local neighbourhood policing team works tirelessly to keep the area safe for residents and this case is just one example of how we are tackling suspected drug dealing in the community.

“We can, and regularly do, act upon the information provided to us by the public so please keep it coming. If you have information for police you can email swp101@south-wales.police.uk or call 101.”