Police smash cocaine gang
AN organised crime gang dealing cocaine across Bristol has been smashed after a drug bust in Fishponds.
Police spotted a deal taking place on the street and stopped a car used in the exchange.
Inside were two men - Fatmir Gjeci and Festim Hoxha – and £39,000 in cash, which had been hidden.
Police arrested the men and searched properties linked to them, where they found more money and more than 800g of cocaine.
An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said the drugs were worth more than £65,000 on the street.
In total more than £53,000 was recovered during the investigation and six men have been jailed for a total of 29 years for their roles in the gang.
Tedi Hoxha, aged 21, of Fishponds Road, Fishponds, was jailed for five years and six months, as was Festim Hoxha, 29, of no fixed address.
Two other men were each jailed for five years: Andrea Kopo, 22, of Manor Road, Horfield and Azir Meta, 24, of Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft.
The other men – Fatmir Gjeci, 21, of no fixed address and Serjan Hoxhaj, 25, of Eve Road, Easton – were sentenced to four years in prison.
Police said the men were using fake driving licences and ID cards from Greece, Italy, Lithuania or Romania.
Detective Inspector Steve Cartlidge said: “Judging by the quantity of cash and Class A drugs seized from these men, they had clearly been running an illegal drugs operation for some time.
“Most used false documentation, which I’ve no doubt enabled them to evade detection as well as launder the profits from their activities more easily.
“It’s vitally important the public support us in tackling such operations and I’d ask anyone who thinks they may have witnessed a drug deal taking place to report their suspicions to us.
“We will robustly investigate any reports regarding the illegal supply of drugs and those involved will be caught, arrested and face justice.”
Anyone with information about drug dealing drugs can call the police on 101 or make a report online via the force website.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.