THESE six villains were recently handed prison sentences for crimes like drug dealing, assault and burglary.

We look at their cases.

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South Wales Argus:

Liam Laidlaw

Drug dealer Liam Laidlaw who was running a “lucrative” telephone line supplying cannabis was jailed for 20 months after chalking up his third trafficking conviction.

Judge Michael Fitton QC told the defendant, 27, from Newport: “You knew the risks you were undertaking.

“You knew a prison sentence was inevitable.”

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South Wales Argus:

Yusuf Ali

A heroin dealer who was running a drugs empire from his own home was jailed for 12 years.

Yusuf Ali was caught as a result of Operation Venetic, which saw the National Crime Agency and police smash thousands of criminal conspiracies across the UK.

The 30-year-old defendant, from Newport, was using EncroChat, an encrypted phone network primarily used by organised crime gangs that was cracked and shut down last year.

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South Wales Argus:

Michael Moore

A man headbutted and punched his neighbour 30 times after violence erupted following a row over loud music.

Michael Moore attacked Kial Edwards after he asked his victim to “keep the noise down” at the house in multiple occupation they shared in Newport.

The 31-year-old, who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was jailed for 10 months.

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South Wales Argus:

Keiron Raybould

A teenager burglar targeted a Good Samaritan who had once given him a roof over his head after raiding her home two nights in a row.

Keiron Raybould, 19, has left the woman devastated by breaking into her house twice in the Bettws area of Newport over the space of 24 hours.

His victim described how she had treated him “like a son”.

Raybould was sent to a young offender institution for 25 months.

South Wales Argus:

Shaun Dancey

Balaclava-clad burglar Shaun Dancey smashed his way into the Morrisons supermarket on Orb Drive, Newport, during the early hours of the morning.

The Cardiff criminal used a hammer to shatter a glass door before entering the store and was found by police hiding under a till.

The 35-year-old defendant was jailed for four years.

South Wales Argus:

Lewis Griffiths

A man in debt to drug dealers was jailed for more than five years after he tried to import a gun and bullets from the US.

Lewis Griffiths was arrested by armed police in Caerphilly after the FBI tipped off the National Crime Agency in London about the sale of the pistol.

The defendant had searched the dark web and used cryptocurrency Bitcoin to buy the Glock 19 and 50 rounds of ammunition for £850.

Newport Crown Court heard how cocaine and cannabis user Griffiths had a “fascination with gangsters” and owed money to drug dealers.