The Albanian criminals in UK seen as a major threat
The unholy alliance falling appart?
Albanian drug dealers are now a major threat say police: Warning organised crime gangs now have ‘high-level influence’ on supplying cocaine around the UK
Finally! After decades of turning a blind eye to Albanian criminal activities, the UK press starts to report contrary to politically correct picture of Albanians as peaceful, innocent all – time victims and oppressed angels like creatures.
However, this is one of the rare reports without the ”former Yugoslavs” phrasis commonly used in Western Europe and States everytime their Balkan sweethearts – Balkan Muslims – committed some crime or violation of Law.
Surprise, surprise. We’re not far from the moment of reading about organ haversting business in UK, and black surgery business bloom in once peaceful, idyllic British towns.
Whatever you nourish, that’s what will bloom in your yard.
So here comes the report:
Warning comes from National Crime Agency as it publishes annual crime report
- Gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now ‘a significant threat’ on Britain’s streets, police chiefs warned yesterday.
They said organised crime groups from the tiny Balkan country now have ‘high-level influence’ on supplying cocaine around the country.
In one case, a gang of 20 Albanian gangsters using fake Greek and Italian passports ran a round-the-clock dial-a-drug racket in Manchester, targeting the city’s nightclubs while living in lavishly decorated flats.
Earlier this year it emerged that a group of Albanians at a Dorset jail posted a photograph (shown above) of themselves enjoying their Christmas dinner on a website in their home country
The warning came from the National Crime Agency, who yesterday published its annual report into the scale of serious and organised crime facing the UK.
Gang set up phone line for city’s cocaine users
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. 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.
One of the main players, Mevlan Gjeta, 33, was last year jailed for eight years after a kilo of cocaine plus £55,000 were found at his flat.
Officers in London exposed an unrelated gang mainly consisting of illegal immigrants from Albania who controlled ‘street level’ cocaine dealers.
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’.
The NCA report reveals that criminals from the Balkans are increasingly forging direct links with cocaine traffickers from South America.
‘The threat faced from Albanian crime groups is significant,’ it warns. ‘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. Earlier this year it emerged that a group of Albanians at a Dorset jail posted a photograph of themselves enjoying their Christmas dinner on a website in their home country.
The image, which showed the ten enjoying platefuls of food washed down with bottles of Coca-Cola, was captioned: ‘We wish all Albanian people Merry Christmas from a prison in England. God may save all of you.’
NCA Deputy Director General Matthew Horne warned that while the numbers of armed and violent Albanian gangsters were ‘relatively small’, their impact was ‘significant’.
The prisoners at Guys Marsh jail in Dorset sent the images to an Albanian news website with the message: ‘Hello Life is fun. We wish all Albanian people Merry Xmas from a prison in England. God may save all of you’
He told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘It doesn’t take time for somebody to be hurt.
‘Often it’s the criminals themselves, but obviously we are concerned there are innocent bystanders obviously in this.’
The Daily Mail has also highlighted the cases of three Albanian murderers living freely in Britain.
One, double killer Avni Metra, 54, was extradited to his native country earlier this year after living here for nearly two decades, but two others are still fighting deportation.