A COCKY drugs boss who boasted on Snapchat about how much cash he was making has been jailed for six years.

A court heard Abdul Ali, 21, from Newport, was “revelling” in his work supplying cocaine to users in neighbouring Cwmbran.

Ruth Smith, prosecuting, said there were videos on the defendant’s phone of him counting large amounts of money and posing with his merchandise.

Ali had shifted around 5kg of cocaine and was owed £14,000 by debtors who were found on a tick list.

Miss Smith told Newport Crown Court: “A drugs warrant was executed at the defendant’s home at 6am on August 17.

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Abdul Ali

“He was found asleep in a bedroom upstairs.”

Police discovered 9.8g of cocaine in separate wraps worth £1,070 and a couple of hundred pounds in cash.

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“They also found two mobile phones,” Miss Smith added.

“One contained 415 drug related messages and the other had so many messages it has been impossible to count them definitely.

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The defendant bragged about how much money he could make (Picture: CPS Wales)

“It is clear from them that the defendant had a managerial role and there are conversations about the wholesale supply of cocaine.

“There is the expectation of significant financial again.”

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She said there was also a video on the phone showing what appears to be an example of ‘cuckooing’.

It is a term used by police to describe the homes of addicts being taken over and used as bases for drug dealing.

Ali, of Courtybella Terrace, Pill, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis between September 9, 2019 and August 18, 2021.

Stuart John, representing Ali, asked the court to give him credit for guilty pleas.

His lawyer claimed the defendant was an “immature” 21-year-old.

He said: “He acted as if this was a joke.

“He has expressed genuine remorse. He has brought shame on his family.”

Mr John told how his client has learning difficulties and added: “There is probably a degree of manipulation by his peers.”

Judge Richard Williams told him: “The photo and videos from his phone appear to show him revelling in the role.”

He said to Ali: “You played a significant role in your operation.”

The defendant is set to face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at a future date.