[A] Rivolt Hoxha, 21, of no fixed abode was jailed for seven years for possession of Class A drugs – namely cocaine
[B] Kemal Boumnijel, 21, of 39 Downsway, Charing, Ashford, Kent for ten years for possession of Class A drugs – namely cocaine
[C] Marios Mariou, 46, of 123 St Georges Drive, Watford, Hertfordshire was jailed for a total of 10 years for:
= conspiracy to supply cocaine
= possession of a controlled drug (namely heroin) with intent to supply
= possession of a controlled drug (namely cocaine) with intent to supply
= possession of a controlled drug (namely cannabis) with intent to supply
= possession of a controlled drug (namely MDPV) with intent to supply
[A] and [C] had previously pleaded guilty to their offences, while [B] pleaded not guilty and was convicted by a jury in September 2010.
On 25 March 2010 Hoxha and Boumnijel were stopped in a Peugeot car by police from the MPS’s Serious and Organised Crime Command after Mariou was seen to hand a white plastic bag to Hoxha. Searches of the car found what appeared to be two packets covered in silver duct tape and a small clear self-seal bag containing three small wraps of white powder.
The two packages from the Peugeot 206 were examined and found to contain approximately a kilogramme of cocaine with a purity of 62 per cent.
The drugs would have been sold at a street value of approximately £340,000.
Mariou, who had handed the bag to Hoxha, was subsequently arrested on 25 May 2010 in Watford. Class A and B drugs – MDPV, heroin and cannabis – were all found at his address, as well as cutting agents, scales and a large press. All of the materials were for use in the production and supply of drugs.
DC Phil Abrahams from the Serious and Organised Crime Command, said: "This operation has successfully dismantled an organised criminal network and resulted in the recovery of a large amount of cocaine destined for the streets of London".