Two drug dealers responsible for flooding the South Wales valleys with high purity heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed today, marking the end of an extensive undercover police operation to catch the criminals.
Louis Ferguson, 26, from Clapham in South London, made daily trips to Pontypridd to sell Class A drugs with the help of accomplice Gary Stuart Blake, from Treforest.
South Wales Police described how Ferguson used a Cardiff hotel as a local operating base to take orders for heroin and cocaine, and deliver them to drug users within the hour.
Over a six month period, Ferguson managed to develop a supply network by finding addicts from across the South Wales valleys and getting them to send new customers to him.
But after the operation came to the attention of South Wales Police, officers mounted an extensive covert operation, leading to the arrest of Ferguson and two others on March 7.
The force detailed the “dramatic scenes” which unfolded as officers equipped with Tasers closed in on a blue Hyundai being driven by Ferguson, just moments after he had carried out a drug deal on Princess Street in Treforest.
Officers also incapacitated the car, before arresting Ferguson and Blake and taking them to Pontypridd Police Station.
A search of the Hynundai turned up more than 30 street deals of heroin and crack cocaine, as well as cash and other incriminating evidence.
Officers were then led to the Ibis Hotel in Cardiff Gate, were they discovered more the £7,000 worth of heroin and a significant amount of cash.
The investigation then followed Ferguson’s trail to London, where the Metropolitan Police helped the South Wales force search Ferguson’s home, uncovering yet more evidence of his drug dealing.
Ferguson was today jailed for five years, while Blake will serve two years behind bars.
DCI Andy Valentine, head of crime for South Wales Police’s Northern division said: “Louis Ferguson saw South Wales, and in particular, the communities of Rhondda Cynon Taff as a lucrative market for trafficking controlled drugs.”
“He travelled to the region on a weekly basis using a local hotel as a base for his illicit operations.
“Over several months, Ferguson identified and exploited drugs users for his own gains and developed a market for heroin and crack cocaine.
“He used the desperation of drug addiction to build a network of local contacts that encouraged and endorsed his product to other drugs users.
Ferguson saw drug dealing as a form of employment without any consideration to the misery that drugs misuse brings to the community.
“Whilst the defendant took significant steps to protect his drugs trafficking operation, the commitment and professionalism of the Northern division’s Priority Policing Team has brought Ferguson to justice and has dismantled his criminal enterprise.
“The sentences handed down today represent the seriousness of Ferguson’s offending and provide a stark warning to drug dealers that the South Wales’ valleys region is no soft target. It also represents South Wales Police’s commitment to tackling drug dealing and substance misuse.”