Yahya Hashi, 33, served eight years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs The Home Office made an order to deport him to Somalia four years ago He claimed his deportation would breach his right to his family life in the UK
The leader of a drug ring that flooded a city with heroin and cocaine has fought a four-year human rights battle against deportation to Somalia.
The Home Office made an order to remove Yahya Hashi four years ago after serving his eight-year sentence for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.
Hashi, and other dealers travelled from London to Devon up to five times a week, staying at addresses in the city by intimidating vulnerable adults or drug users.
Despite the gravity of his crime, for which he was convicted in 2015, he remained in the UK at the start of this year.
His first appeal was allowed on the basis he would be at risk of harm from the terror group Al Shabaab in Somalia, given he was a member of a minority clan.
He also claimed his deportation would breach his right to his family life in the UK, as he had lived here for 17 years, and his mother, grandmother, wife, and children were living in Britain.
But this decision was overturned by an upper tribunal judge, who ruled the lower tribunal had made a mistake in law. A fresh hearing was ordered, which was further delayed last December.