Never judge a book by its cover. Three Albanians were driving around the United Kingdom with a Primark bag filled with a kilo of 92 per cent pure cocaine. Two of the men were in the country illegally.
Officers from the joint National Crime Agency and Met Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP), with assistance from the NCA Armed Operations Unit, stopped the three Albanians who were in a black-colored Vauxhall Vectra in Cuxton Road, Rochester, Kent, in August 2018. Following a search, officers found the Primark paper carrier bag that contained the kilo block of cocaine.
During an interrogation with investigators of the National Crime Agency, one of the three – 30-year-old Shpati Hakili, - denied any knowledge of the cocaine. Unfortunately for him, inside the Primark bag was a receipt for underpants he had bought from the shop a week previously. Officers obtained the CCTV from the store showing Hakili buying the goods.
Mitro had £1,320 in cash on him and two mobile phones. Kola was carrying £400, while Hakili had £275 in cash and three mobile phones. Further enquiries by OCP officers uncovered that Kola and Mitro were in the United Kingdom illegally. Mitro was also carrying a false Greek driving licence at the time of his arrest.
Eventually, all three had pleaded guilty to the charges. On January 31, Hakili, along with his two counterparts – 28-year-old Florenc Kola, and 24-year-old Nasied Mitro, were sentenced for drug trafficking. They received sentences of 7 years, 6 years and 6 years respectively.
Mitro and Kola will be deported at the conclusion of their sentence.
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