Published: 09:36, 16 July 2019
| Updated: 10:46, 16 July 2019
A member of an Albanian drugs gang which delivered cocaine to bankers in London's Square Mile has been jailed.
Dritan Jella, of High Street, Rochester, was sentenced to four months for possession of fraudulent identification documents with intent at Inner London's Crown Court.
The 33-year-old was one of 12 men locked up for more than 30 years for roles in the plot.
An eight-month investigation by City of London Police also saw eight couriers and two bosses sentenced and one man deported for immigration offences.
The arrests came after 1.2kg of Class As with a street value of up to £144,000 were seized, along with more than £20,000 in cash.
Two mobile phones also seized during the operation were found to be extremely active ‘drug lines'.
Detective Constable Lee Johnson, who led the operation, said: “A lot of individuals delivering drugs across the capital are young and vulnerable people who are being exploited. Many people don’t realise it, but money from selling drugs can be used to fund other serious offences.
The arrest and sentencing of these individuals sends a strong message both to people coming to the City to sell drugs and those in the City buying them..." DC Lee Johnson
“This operation has been incredibly successful in disrupting a large and organised group of criminals, making a profit from the sale and distribution of cocaine in the City.
“The arrest and sentencing of these individuals sends a strong message both to people coming to the City to sell drugs and those in the City buying them: this will not be tolerated by police. We are doing all we can to bring those responsible for selling drugs to justice and to protect those at risk of exploitation.”
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