THIRTEEN people accused of conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis in Ceredigion as part of an alleged organised crime gang have appeared in court.

Dyfed-Powys Police and West Midlands Police made a number of arrests in August as part of Operation Burleigh, aimed at targeting an alleged organised crime group believed to be running multiple drug lines.

Appearing at Swansea Crown Court via video link, Davinder Singh, 36, of Huntingdon Road in West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine between August 1 last year and August 23 this year, and conspiring to supply cannabis between August 1 and December 31 last year.

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Luqman Jarjis, 18, of Wake Green Road in Springfield, Birmingham, denied both charges.

The court heard that Toana Ahmad, 33, of Lee Gardens in Smethwick, and Diar Zabari, 34, of Bryn Road in Brynmill, Swansea, have both previously entered not guilty pleas.

Saman Aziz, 40, of Kirk Road in Litherland, Merseyside; Adel Mustafa, 38, of Hubert Road in Newport, Gwent; Barzan Sarhan, 30, of Gibson Road in Handsworth, Birmingham; Hawre Ahmed, 34, of Pinderfields Road in Wakefield; Karwan Jabari, 26, Weedon Court in Northampton; Darban Khalil, 23, Streetly Road in Stockland Green in Birmingham; Kastro Omar, 29, Junction Road in Northampton; Akasha Smith, 23, of Third Avenue in Penparcau, Aberystwyth; and Walid Younis, 33, of St Anne’s Road in Doncaster, all also appeared before the judge.

Their cases were adjourned until October 27 to allow their barristers to have conferences with them with the help of an interpreter.

Jarjis, Ahmad and Zabari will stand trial on February 19, 2024, after their not guilty pleas. Any of the remaining defendants who plead not guilty will also stand trial on that date.

Singh will be sentenced after the conclusion of the trial.