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Operation Ulysses – outstanding defendant sentenced

Jon Coles



POLICE have released a statement confirming that the last remaining defendant to be found guilty as a result of their anti drugs operation called ‘Ulysses’ has been sentenced.

In 2018 the operation saw 33 defendants receive a total of 215 years imprisonment. Operation Ulysses was the investigation conducted by Dyfed-Powys Police Serious Organised Crime Team between 2016 and 2017, into the supply of large quantities of Heroin and Cocaine into Llanelli and Aberystwyth by an Organised Crime Group from North Wales and Merseyside. But there was one defendant outstanding, and on Monday November 30 2020, 45 year old Hillal Mukbil Saleh from Liverpool, was sentenced to 44 months imprisonment for Conspiracy to Supply Heroin, and a further 3 months to be served consecutively for Bail Act offences (fail to appear).

Hillal Saleh was given court bail in 2017, but in October 2017 he failed to appear and a warrant was issued by Swansea Crown Court. The Serious Organised Crime Team carried out significant enquiries to trace Hillal Saleh, but he remained outstanding despite their efforts. Then in October 2020 Saleh handed himself in, and appeared before Swansea Crown Court on Monday November 30, where he pleaded guilty to the conspiracy offences.

Detective Inspector Rhys Jones said: “This was a prolonged, demanding operation, and was the most complex investigation undertaken by the Serious Organised Crime Team at the time, due to the number of organised crime groups involved throughout Wales and Liverpool. Of course we were happy with the sentencing of 33 defendants in 2018, but the fact that one individual was still outstanding was disappointing. We were determined to see Hillal Saleh also brought to justice, and carried out significant enquiries in pursuit of that. As I said back in 2018, drugs misuse creates such misery and despair, and there is a human cost to the trade of supplying drugs – and we will work tirelessly to stop it. Although he evaded justice until now, he is now paying the price for his part in the conspiracy to supply Heroin. The Serious Organised Crime Team would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation for their assistance throughout the course of the investigation, and for ensuring this successful conclusion to the operation.”

The Dyfed-Powys Police Serious Organised Crime Team continues to work determinedly to ensure the Dyfed-Powys area remains a hostile environment for those involved in Serious and Organised Crime at all levels.



£100,000 of cannabis plants seized in west Wales police raid

Thomas Sinclair



POLICE seized cannabis plants worth an estimated £100,000 during a warrant near Ammanford.

Dyfed-Powys Police searched a home in Garnant on Wednesday, July 21, where 100 plants were discovered to be growing in the front room and two bedrooms.

Given the number and maturity of some of the plants, officers estimate the quantity of cannabis growing to be worth around £100,000.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “This was a significant seizure of cannabis plants, which were growing in a sophisticated set-up across three rooms.

“Our investigation is ongoing into who is responsible, as there was nobody present at the time of the warrant, and we are carrying out all possible lines of enquiry to identify a suspect.

“I would like to thank all officers involved for showing great teamwork during the warrant and subsequent enquiries.”

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DPP/2891/21/07/2021/02/C.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell



FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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New children’s play area in Bryn as part of new council housing development

Carli Newell



A NEW children’s play area has opened in time for the summer holidays in Bryn, Llanelli as part of a new £5.9million council housing development.

Carmarthenshire County Council is building 32 new homes on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.

The scheme will be made up of 22 two-bedroom homes, four two-bedroom bungalows and six four-bedroom homes and is part of the council’s ongoing drive to deliver more affordable homes across the county. It has been part funded through the Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant.

The development also includes a new children’s play area, funded by the council in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, which will take over the running and maintenance of the play area on completion.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I am delighted the park has been completed in time for the summer holidays for the local children to enjoy.

“We are committed to delivering more affordable housing across Carmarthenshire and this development will benefit dozens of families in Llanelli, as well as proving much needed facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank the rural council for collaborating with this us on this and I hope the children are thrilled with it.”

Before designing the play area, the rural council liaised with local schoolchildren to find out what play equipment they wanted at their new park.

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to provide this wonderful new play area for the community.

“The opening of the play area couldn’t have been better timed to coincide with the school holidays. I hope the local children will enjoy the range of challenging play equipment on offer and that they have lots of fun using it over the summer.”

The housing development is due to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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