Three members of a London-based Albanian drug gang involved in trafficking cocaine with a combined estimated street value of £4.2 million have been sent to prison yesterday. All men had previously pleaded guilty following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
The drug crew was led by 26-year-old Mark Gurini, who was handed an 8-year prison sentence. Police arrested him at a petrol station near his home in Buckhurst Hill on 26 September 2017 and found him in possession of false Italian identification documents and discovered that he had two kilos of cocaine hidden in his car.
When police subsequently searched his flat on Queens Road, they found another 49 kilos of cocaine and further evidence that the gang had been using the property as a base for their drug dealing business. It included £100,000 in cash, scales, a heat sealing machine and multiple ledgers containing customer details their orders.
Earlier that month two of the gang’s runners. 25-year-old Arbian Celaj and 22-year-old Abubaker Mohamed were arrested each carrying a kilo of cocaine. Celaj was sentenced yesterday to 5 years, while Mohamed got 3 years.
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