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Police disrupt organised crime gang responsible for supplying the City with cocaine

The City of London Police has disrupted a large scale organised crime gang responsible for taking orders of cocaine from City workers and delivering the drugs in the Square Mile and central London.

The eight-month long investigation has not only resulted in eight ‘couriers’ of the drugs being sentenced to jail, but also two ‘controllers’, who would take the orders of cocaine and arrange for their pick-up. Two other individuals involved with the group were found guilty of non-drug related offences.

Overall, the gang of 12 have been sentenced to over 30 years in prison. Individually the sentences are as follows:

Halil SHEHU, 22, of Camden Road, Islington was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply cocaine on 22 November 2018 at Inner London Crown Court.

Klevis DRAHZI, 20, of Montague Road, Edmonton was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply cocaine and three months imprisonment for possession of false identification documents with intent. These sentences will run concurrently. Drahzi was sentenced on 18 February 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Fabio DOMI, 21, of Gough Street, Camden was sentenced to detention in a young offender’s institution for 34 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine, four months for possession of identity documents with improper intention, four months for possession of improperly obtained identity document and six months for possession of criminal property. These sentences will run concurrently. Domi was sentenced on 5 April 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Mario PRENDI, 27, of no fixed abode was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply cocaine and one month imprisonment for possession of criminal property. These sentences will run concurrently. Prendi was sentenced on 12 April 2019 at the Central Criminal Court.

Albi HOXHA, 23, of no fixed abode was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply cocaine on 30 May 2019 at the Central Criminal Court.

Bledar XHANI, 23, of Pickard Close, Southgate was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply cocaine, eight months for dangerous driving and four months for possession of identity documents with improper intention. These sentences will run concurrently. Xhani was sentenced on 3 June 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Dritan JELLA, 33, of High Street, Rochester, Kent was sentenced to four months imprisonment for possession of fraudulent identification documents with intent on 7 June 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Kladji QYRA, 22, of Pathfield Road, Lambeth was sentenced to 25 months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine on 13 June 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Bledar PONARI, 28, of Woodberry Grove, Hackney was sentenced to 64 months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine and six months for possession of improperly obtained identity documents. These sentences will run concurrently. Ponari was sentenced on 13 June 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Emirjan DEMIRAJ, 22, of Dale Grove, North Finchley was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine on 12 July 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Fjoralb FERA, 21, of Ruckholt Close, Leyton was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine and for possession of criminal property on 12 July 2019 at Inner London Crown Court.

Erdi NEZAJ, 25, of no fixed abode was also arrested but immediately deported by the immigration services.

In total, 1.2kg of drugs with a street value of up to £144,000 were seized, along with over £20,000 in cash. Two mobile phones also seized during the operation were found to be extremely active ‘drug line’ phones, belonging to the two ‘controllers’.

Detective Constable Lee Johnson, who led the operation for the City of London Police, said:

“A lot of individuals delivering drugs across the capital are young and vulnerable people who are being exploited. Many people don’t realise it, but money from selling drugs can be used to fund other serious offences.

“This operation has been incredibly successful in disrupting a large and organised group of criminals, making a profit from the sale and distribution of cocaine in the City.

“The arrest and sentencing of these individuals sends a strong message both to people coming to the City to sell drugs and those in the City buying them: this will not be tolerated by police. We are doing all we can to bring those responsible for selling drugs to justice and to protect those at risk of exploitation.”


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