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Dealer threw drugs packages in reservoir to avoid arrest PDF Print E-mail
Written by National Crime Agency   
Saturday, 21 October 2017 08:53

20 October 2017

A drug dealer jumped into a reservoir and tried to dissolve a haul of cocaine after realising he was under surveillance.



Kerry Reed, 39, of Shepperton, London, eventually tired and waded back to dry land where officers from the joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service’s Organised Crime Partnership were waiting for him.



A kilo of class A dissolved into the water but the packing was recovered which proved it was cocaine.



Reed had earlier met with accomplices Ndrek Prenga, 33, from Ashford, Surrey, Elton Qajka, 21, from Islington, and Nikolin Dushi, 30, from Barnet who handed Reed a brown bag during a meeting at Prenga’s home.



Reed drove away from the meeting at 3pm on 2 August 2017 before stopping in a layby, grabbing the brown bag and sprinting down an overgrown path where he plunged into the water.



Officers recovered another drugs package from the water and searches of his vehicle and home resulted in the seizure of mobile phones, a significant amount of cash and a kilo block of cocaine.



Prenga, Dushi and Qajka, who are Albanian nationals, were arrested on the same day.



Officers searched their homes and found more mobile phones, bundles of cash, false identity documents and packaging consistent with the supply of controlled drugs.



All four were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, with Reed and Prenga additionally charged with possessing criminal property.



Today at Blackfriars Crown Court, after pleading guilty, Reed was jailed for eight years, Prenga for eight-and-a-half, Dushi for six and Qajka for three years.



Martin Groves from the Organised Crime Partnership said: “We believe Reed, Prenga, Dushi and Qajka are part of a wider organised crime group distributing wholesale cocaine on a commercial scale across London and the South East.



“They were employed in trusted roles which included the transportation of drugs and cash to those who oversaw the distribution and directed the illicit activity.



“Like any business, drug trafficking relies on cash flow and if any business loses an expensive commodity in the middle of a transaction, not only does the cash flow dry up but the trust between crime groups is damaged, making it harder to do business together in future.



“Using all the means at our disposal, our efforts to disrupt organised crime in London and across the UK will not stop”.

 
Man thanked online child abuser for images that were the “best I’ve seen” PDF Print E-mail
Written by National Crime Agency   
Saturday, 21 October 2017 08:50

A 34-year old man from Essex has been jailed for two years after he asked a convicted child sex offender to share abuse images online.

Matt Devere, from Southview Drive, Westcliffe-on Sea, Southend was identified by officers after they recovered explicit sexual conversations on computers seized from the house of Peter Allott, a former teacher who was jailed in May 2016.


In the chat, Devere had asked Allott “can u send vids” adding he wanted them to include extremely young children.

A number of videos were then shared and Devere told Allott “pls tell me u have more like that … best ive seen”.

Officers arrested Devere at his home address in June 2016. Forensic examination of computers and internet-enabled devices taken from his house showed Devere had been communicating with like-minded individuals over a period of time, specifically asking for - and sharing - images and videos of incest between fathers and sons.

He pleaded guilty to 13 offences in September 2017 including intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, distributing an indecent image of a child and possessing extreme pornography.

He was sentenced today at Chelmsford Crown Court and will be subject to an indefinite Serious Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
NCA Officer Martin Ludlow said:

“Matt Devere actively sought to communicate with individuals using video conferencing forums for the sole purpose of accessing horrific child abuse images.

“He gave no thought to the victims in the images and the conversations we recovered show he was requesting videos depicting the worst kind of abuse.

“Our officers are dedicated to protecting children and ensuring people like Devere and Allott face the consequences of their actions. If you are engaging with people online and sharing images of child abuse, you will be identified, located and brought to justice”.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2017 08:50 )
 
Four charged in Ukrainian people smuggling investigation PDF Print E-mail
Written by National Crime Agency   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:24

19 October 2017

Four men suspected of moving Ukrainian nationals from Europe into the UK have been charged with people smuggling offences following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.


The four were arrested by NCA officers after a yacht with 19 migrants on board arrived in Southwold on Sunday 15th October, having sailed across the North Sea from the Netherlands.


Ukrainians Yuril Dzhuraniuk, 26, Mykhailo Riok, 27, Yevhenii Vasilikov, 30, and Yupi Karakin, 27, were all charged with facilitating illegal migration.

They are due to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on 14th November 2017.


Border Force officers on board the coastal patrol vessel ‘Alert’, together with NCA officers stopped the yacht after it reached the port in Southwold.

Two suspected crew members and nine migrants were arrested by NCA officers.
 
The remaining ten migrants had already been transferred into vehicles for onward transportation.

Those vehicles were stopped by Suffolk Police officers as they drove towards Ipswich and the migrants, together with two drivers, were arrested for immigration offences.


The group of 19 migrants, consisting of both men and women, were detained by Immigration Enforcement.



Brendan Foreman, the NCA’s Regional Head of Investigations said: 

“The majority of illegal migrants rely on organised criminals when coming to the UK with their fate upon arrival often being unknown. Such criminals seek to exploit vulnerable people for profit without any thought for their safety.



“The NCA works collaboratively with its law enforcement partners to protect the integrity of the UK’s border by targeting the illegal networks involved in organised immigration crime and disrupting their activity.

"The involvement of Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and Suffolk Police was crucial to the success of this particular operation and to ensuring the safety of those at risk."

Doug McLellan, Border Force Maritime Command, said: "This is one example of how Border Force works constantly to protect the UK’s coastline, with our coastal patrol vessels playing a key role in this.

"These boats carry out regular patrols of our waters, and are always ready to respond quickly when needed. We will continue to join forces with law enforcement partners to protect our borders against those who seek to abuse our immigration laws.”

This investigation forms part of Project Invigor, the UK’s Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce that targets the criminal networks behind people smuggling. It is led by the NCA and includes partners such as Immigration Enforcement, Border Force and the Crown Prosecution Service, working in the UK and internationally.

 
UPDATED Hinckley nightclub assault - man charged PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Saturday, 21 October 2017 08:33

Updated on 20/10/17 at 9:16 p.m.

A 34-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following an assault in a Hinckley nightclub.

Adam Green, of Marston Lane, Bedworth, Warwickshire, will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (21 October).

Officers were called to a report of an injured man in Gravity Nightclub in Regent Street in the early hours of Sunday 15 October.

The 29-year-old victim remains in hospital in an induced coma.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2017 08:34 )
 
Corrupt baggage handlers smuggled cocaine out of Heathrow PDF Print E-mail
Written by National Crime Agency   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:19

19 October 2017

Two baggage handlers have been convicted of being part of a plot to smuggle cocaine through Heathrow Airport.

Vaughn Henry, 46, (above far left) and Dev Anand, 24, (above 2nd from left) worked together to collect a bag containing around three kilos of high-purity cocaine which arrived on a flight from Brazil into the airport’s Terminal 3 on 5 February 2017.

Henry was sent pictures of the bag by London-based drug trafficker Grattan Samuels, 23, (above 2nd from right) who was in contact with other criminals and organised the importation. Anand then picked up the bag from the flight and gave it to Henry to store in his staff locker until his shift finished.

That evening Henry handed the bag to taxi driver Adnan Ahmed Malik, 24, (above far right) who was waiting just outside the airport. Malik’s job was to transport the drugs to Birmingham, but before he could set off National Crime Agency officers moved in and arrested him and Henry.

Samuels and Anand were arrested by the NCA in April, after WhatsApp messages and photos on Henry’s phones linked them to the importation.

The pair pleaded guilty to conspiring to import drugs, while Samuels also admitted a separate charge of conspiring to acquire a firearm.

Henry and Malik denied the charges, but following an eight day trial at Birmingham Crown Court they were both found guilty on Wednesday 18 October.

All four men will be sentenced at the same court on Friday 3 November.

Colin Williams, NCA branch operations manager, said:

“Henry and Anand used their privileged access to Heathrow for criminal purposes, offering a crucial service to drug traffickers and bypassing border controls.

“Tackling corruption at the border is a major priority for the NCA and our law enforcement partners. It threatens the safety and security of the UK.

“People like Henry and Anand who use their employment to engage in organised criminality can expect our full attention.”