Dating drug dealers
The two men were sentenced at a hearing on Friday at Kingston Crown Court.Fisher, 28, of Seven Kings Way, Kingston Upon Thames, was jailed for eight year and eight months, having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and acquiring criminal property.Armed Albanian gangsters dressed in designer clothes to target Manchester revellers looking to buy cocaine.They also operated a sophisticated ‘dial-a-drug’ phone line.
Gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now ‘a significant threat’ on Britain’s streets, police chiefs warned yesterday.
Unknown to police because they were recruited directly from Albania and operated on fake Greek and Italian passports, they were only snared after offering drugs to undercover officers.
They are believed to have worked with Manchester’s more established gangs – but were arming themselves with guns in case of conflict.
‘London is their primary hub, but they are established across the UK.‘Albanian crime groups have established a high-profile influence within UK organised crime, and have considerable control across the UK drug trafficking market, with particular impact and high-level influence on the cocaine market.’There were 512 Albanian inmates in jails in England and Wales last year, making them the fifth largest foreign group.
The 2011 census recorded 13,295 Albanian-born residents in England and 120 in Wales.
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At the time, Detective Constable Sally Prinsloo said the case highlighted ‘a very worrying trend we have observed in the City and across the capital, with people, in this case Albanian males, who have entered the UK illegally, being employed to courier drugs to customers’.