A former footballer who played for Swindon Town and Chippenham was jailed for supplying Class A drugs while an organised crime group (OCG) member.

Kaid Mohamed, from Cardiff, was one of seven individuals arrested and subsequently sentenced for involvement in the wholesale supply of cocaine across south Wales.

The 39-year-old winger made 11 appearances for Swindon Town during the 2007-08 season before playing nine times for Chippenham Town in 2018. A nomadic career also took him to Football League clubs including Bristol Rovers, Newport County and Cheltenham Town.

On September 22, at Cardiff Crown Court, he was sentenced to 11 years and six months in prison for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Mohamed’s arrest came as part of Operation Cruz, an investigation carried out by the Regional Organised Crime Unit Tarian.

On July 21, OCG head Joshua Matthews, of Pontyclun, was caught after attempting to make off from police, causing damage to over 20 vehicles during a chase on the A4119 in Miskin.

Wiltshire Times: Kaid Mohamed Kaid Mohamed (Image: Tarian)Police say his actions put many members of the public at risk and caused both injuries and distress.

Officers recovered four kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of £400,000, from the Range Rover driven by 27-year-old.

This bag had been given to Matthews by a known associate, 25-year-old Vincent Aquilina, from Cardiff, who had been seen carrying the bag out of a property in the Caerau area of Cardiff.

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During a search of this address, a further 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, three kilograms of cannabis bush, and additional items used in the supply of drugs were found.

This included a phone linked to Matthews which showed evidence of significant drug dealing.

Mohamed was one of seven individuals convicted for their involvement in the OCG.

Wiltshire Times: Kaid Mohamed playing for Chippenham Town in 2018Kaid Mohamed playing for Chippenham Town in 2018 (Image: Robin Foster)Matthews received a sentence of nine years for conspiracy to supply cocaine, and a further year for dangerous driving, while Aquilina was jailed for seven years and three months for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Four others also received jail terms ranging from four years and three months to four years and nine months for their involvement.

Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd Williams, of Tarian ROCU, said: “These men were intent on allowing vast quantities of Class A drugs to permeate the communities of southern Wales.

“Thanks to the relentless efforts of a dedicated team of investigators, they were apprehended and have subsequently been handed significant sentences.

“It is hoped that these sentences will serve as a deterrent to anyone else who is involved in, or thinking of becoming involved in, the dealing of drugs.”

A further investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act is ongoing.