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Trio who supplied fake IDs to Albanian drug dealers sentenced

  • Duka, Rama and Shpellzaj sentenced to a total of 10 years

  • Police investigation began after increase in people possessing fake IDs arrested for drug offences

  • Eighteen people stopped had the trio’s phone numbers stored in seized mobiles
     

Three men who conspired to supply counterfeit identification documents to Albanian men who had entered the UK illegally have been jailed for a total of 10 years.

Fatjon Duka, 34, of Granville Road, Ilford, Vullnet Rama, 30, of Camborne Way, Romford and Belul Shpellzaj, 38, of Manor Park, Newham were the subject of a City of London Police investigation after officers noticed an increase in the arrests of Albanian men in possession of fake driving licences, who were involved in the large scale supply of cocaine to people within the City and wider central London area.

Eighteen different men arrested - including Ardit Dushaj who was sentenced to ten years in prison in February 2017 for acting as a "controller" for a network of street-level cocaine dealers across London - were found to have the same telephone number stored in their seized mobiles. This number was linked back to Duka, Rama and Shpellzaj who received sentences of 45, 36 and 40 months respectively at Inner London Crown Court on 19 April 2018.




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A police operation proved Duka, Rama and Shpellzaj were working together and provided evidence of them meeting up with numerous men for short periods of time at which point police believed counterfeit ID documents were being delivered.

On a number of occasions police later pulled over the vehicles involved in the alleged exchange and confirmed the drivers were in possession of counterfeit documents. A number of fake IDs, and materials used to create fake IDs, were also recovered from two vehicles owned by Rama and Duka but used by all three defendants.

Detective Constable Darren Norman of the City of London Police Major Crime Team said:

“Not only were these men supplying counterfeit IDs to people who had entered the country illegally, they were also indirectly aiding the sale and supply of class A drugs. It is thanks to an in-depth police investigation that these men are now behind bars.

“The City of London Police hope today’s sentencing will send out a strong message that those who think they are above the law will be found and they will be prosecuted.”

 


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