Rotherham man jailed for five years for dealing heroin and crack cocaine

Omar Ali
Omar Ali

A Rotherham man has been jailed for five years for dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

Omar Ali, aged 25, of Selwyn Street, Eastwood, was arrested in January as he tried to leave a property in nearby Hatherley Road, as officers approached to carry out a raid under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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A search of the house, where Ali was living at the time, found Class A drugs hidden around property, including behind picture frames.

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He was arrested on suspicion of the possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and pleaded guilty during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday.

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In addition to being jailed for five years, Ali was made the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order for five years upon his release.

He will be subject to a number of restrictions, including the use of mobile phones.

PC Barry Biondi, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "The warrant, carried out as a result of intelligence gathered in relation to the possession and distribution of drugs within the area, resulted in the seizure of a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine.

"I’m pleased that we’ve been able to remove these drugs from the streets of Eastwood.

"Tackling the supply and distribution of drugs within our communities is a priority for us and we are regularly carrying out proactive operations to identify those involved in this type of criminality so we can bring them before the courts.

"If you ever have any concerns about the use of drugs within the area you live, please call us or speak to your local officers as you see us out and about."

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.