Group jailed after police sting takes nearly £700k of drugs from streets.
Officers have taken nearly three-quarters of a million pounds worth of cannabis off the streets of Nottinghamshire after a drugs bust across several districts, which had now led to the jailing of a gang of nine men.
Six of the men appeared in court yesterday to be sentenced and the other three have previously been sentenced after police working in the force’s serious and organised crime unit raided a number of addresses in Sneinton, Radford, Sherwood and Edwalton, where the class B drugs were discovered in April last year.
The haul was worth at least £700,000 in street value, and potentially more money may have been made before the operation was shut down.
Dilaver Tafhasi, Ajet Tafhasi, Ervis Tafhasi, Gerald Kreci, Ahmet Muhametaj and Elvis Muhametaj appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (23 April 2021).
The investigation began with the execution of search warrants at flats in Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford, where receipts relating to the purchase of equipment used in the cultivation of cannabis were found.
CCTV was also used to confirm that the group had purchased and transported the equipment. Between 11 February and 27 March, the group, taking it in turns, made 10 visits to collect various pieces of equipment.
The total value of the purchases evidenced in the recovered receipts is over £19,000 with the majority of purchases in the region of several hundreds of pounds on each occasion.
During warrants at two flats in Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford, on 3 April, officers recovered 11kg of cannabis, over £4000 in cash as well as phones and SIM cards.
Paperwork was also recovered relating to three other addresses in Wood View, Edwalton, Valley Road, Sherwood and Lonsdale Road, Radford, where officers discovered cannabis grows and recovered around 650 plants. They also searched a vehicle with they found was filled with cannabis growing equipment valued at over £2,500.
Police also seized six vehicles, jewelry, and cash found at two of the addresses raided, all of which came to the value of £7,000.Elvis Muhamatej was instrumental in organising the purchase of the growing equipment used to produce the cannabis, and on occasions funded the equipment.
The other five members of the group were found to have furthered the operation by helping to facilitate this, collecting and delivering the growing equipment to the properties and then looking after the cannabis once it had been cropped.
Elvis Muhametaj, 24, of Whitcliffe Gardens, West Bridgford was found guilty of conspiracy to supply and produce cannabis. He was given a sentence of 3 years and 11 months in prison.
Ahmet Muhametaj, 29, of Nottingham Road, Stapleford, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply and produce cannabis.
Ajet Tafhasi, 37, of Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
Dilaver Tafhasi, 32, of Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
Gerald Kreci, 29, of Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford pleaded guilty to producing and supply cannabis and acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.
Ervis Tafhasi, 28, of Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford will serve two years and one month in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis.
The six men will also be automatically deported from the UK.
Dionis Brecani, 38, of Lonsdale Road, Radford was also sentenced to 16 months in prison on Tuesday 15 December 2020 after pleading guilty to production of cannabis and will also be automatically deported.
Two other men, Vilson Brecani, 27 of Valley Road, Berridge and Ismail Ruci, 22, of Wood View, Edwalton, also previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and were both sentenced to 9 months in prison.
Detective Inspector Ian Smith of the force’s Serious and Organised Crime Task Force said: “This is a significant operation which has led to a huge amount of drugs being seized and stopped from being sold across Nottinghamshire and further afield.
“The production of cannabis is plainly illegal and we will not tire from taking out organised crime networks that profit from such illegal commodity. We have duty arrest such individuals, not only so they can be tried in a criminal court, but to ensure we strip them of their assets and capabilities, which would otherwise drive further serious organised crime that can manifest itself in many ways, all of which pose a danger to our communities.
“The fact that seven of those convicted will be automatically deported, sends a very clear message that there are significant consequences to embarking on such offending. After serving half their sentence in prison custody, the deportation orders will prevent an organised criminal network from reforming in our communities. The Nottinghamshire Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit will always seek every possible opportunity to disrupt high harm offending and a combination of prison custody and deportation adequately combats the criminality displayed in this case.”