Four suspected members of an Albanian organised crime group have been charged with money laundering and drug offences after £340,000 in cash £400,000 worth of cocaine was seized.
Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership, a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service unit, arrested the men on Wednesday (13 January) at addresses across London and Essex.
Rrustem Dauti, 30, and Fisnik Kurtucai, 32, were arrested by officers in Chiswick, on Cambridge Road North, on suspicion of money laundering after officers recovered a bag containing approximately £100,000 cash.
At Dauti’s property in Hainault another man, Florian Meshi, 22, was arrested for immigration and drug supply offences after police searched the building. A further £140,000 in cash and a cutting agent for cocaine was seized.
A search of Meshi’s address was carried out where officers arrested a fourth man, Azem Gashi, 26, for drug offences after four kilos of cocaine were found at the property, along with approximately £100,000 in cash.
All four men were charged at Acton Police Station, and appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court where they have remanded in custody until their next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on 12 February.
Organised Crime Partnership Operations Manager Matt McMillan said:
“The NCA and Met continue to work in partnership to detect and apprehend individuals suspected of profiting from drug trafficking.
“These were large cash seizures, with the ability to cause serious disruption to serious and organised crime.”