Drug dealer's stash of heroin and crack cocaine was hidden behind father-in-law's microwave

Shaizan Sidik, 45, was found in possession of heroin and crack cocaine hidden behind a microwave in his father-in-law's house in Cardiff.
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A drug dealer was found in possession of heroin and crack cocaine hidden behind a microwave in his father-in-law's house. He claimed he was acting under pressure because he owed money to dealers upstream.

Shaizan Sidik, 45, was arrested by police on February 17 after a raid was executed at an address in Cardiff. He was seen attempting to leave via the back door but was detained.

A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday heard the defendant told officers he had got out of prison three years earlier and was in a lot of debt. He said he was under pressure to sell drugs for others and they were hidden behind a microwave at the address in Pentrebane Street.

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A search of the microwave led to the discovery of a cigarette carton containing grip seal bags. Inside the bags were 17 deals of crack cocaine weighing 3.77g, and 11 deals of heroin weighing 1.1g. Prosecutor Georgia Buckley said the total value of the drugs came to £780. Also found was £520 in cash.

Sidik, of Sevenoaks Street, Grangetown, admitted being a user of heroin and crack cocaine, and said he had a prescription for Subutex. The defendant later pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of criminal property. The court heard he has two previous convictions for drug offences.

In mitigation, the court heard he has achieved mentor status while on remand in prison and had achieved a qualification. Defence barrister Hilary Roberts said his client would look for employment upon his release and is determined to remain drug free.

Recorder Bruce Gardiner sentenced Sidik to a total of five years and eight months imprisonment. He will serve half the sentence in custody before he is released to serve the remainder on licence.

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