The NCA said: 'Albanian crime groups involved in Drug Trafficking have established a high profile influence within UK organised crime and have considerable control across the UK drug trafficking market. 'Criminals from the Balkans are increasingly expanding their network of influence, forming direct relationships with cocaine suppliers in Latin America.'The threat faced from Albanian crime groups is significant.Nine of the 12 men arrested in the investigation were charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.They all admitted the charges when they appeared in court last year.Mevlan Dema also pleaded guilty to money laundering. Kadri Dema was sentenced to three and a half years, as were Izmir Dema, 25, Ramazam Capa, 21 and Gjenti Capa, 27, all of no fixed address, Ndricim Xhepha, 28, of London Road, Brighton, and Klinton Dani, 23, a kitchen porter, of Pool Valley, Brighton.In March, Judge David Rennie handed prison terms to each one of them, praising the investigation as policing at its best. The gangs second in command Leonard Dema, 35, of Pennymead, Harlow, Essex, was jailed for three years.
A photograph showed him lying on a sofa holding a wad of money.
London is their primary hub, but they are established across the UK.' Beheluli was jailed after he posted a photograph of himself surrounded by 240,000 in cash on Twitter Luan Plakici, serving 23 years for smuggling in 60 women for prostitution, is seen on a sofa holding a bundle of notes.
Another Albanian, Bes Besiaj, took a selfie which showed him jokingly trying to eat a huge wad of notes, reports The Sun.
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