They are believed to have worked with Manchester’s more established gangs – but were arming themselves with guns in case of conflict.
One of the main players, Mevlan Gjeta, 33, was last year jailed for eight years after a kilo of cocaine plus £55,000 were found at his flat.
The NCA report reveals that criminals from the Balkans are increasingly forging direct links with cocaine traffickers from South America.'The threat faced from Albanian crime groups is significant,’ it warns.
‘London is their primary hub, but they are established across the UK.‘Albanian crime groups have established a high-profile influence within UK organised crime, and have considerable control across the UK drug trafficking market, with particular impact and high-level influence on the cocaine market.’There were 512 Albanian inmates in jails in England and Wales last year, making them the fifth largest foreign group.
Gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now ‘a significant threat’ on Britain’s streets, police chiefs warned yesterday.
They said organised crime groups from the tiny Balkan country now have ‘high-level influence’ on supplying cocaine around the country.
Albanians now use the designation shqiptar ("Albanian") shqip ("Albanian language"), and Shqipëria ("Albania"). According to the Austrian linguist Gustav Meyer (1850–1900), shqip ("Albanian language"), shqiptar ("Albanian"), and Shqipëria ("Albania") are related to the Albanian verb shqipoj ("to speak clearly") and shqiptoj ("to pronounce") and can be linked to the Latin excipio and excipere ("to listen to, take up, hear").
The Albanologist Maximilian Lambertz (1882–1963) preferred a connection with the Albanian shqipe or shqiponjë ("eagle"), which is the symbol of Albania.Officers in London exposed an unrelated gang mainly consisting of illegal immigrants from Albania who controlled ‘street level’ cocaine dealers.At the time, Detective Constable Sally Prinsloo said the case highlighted ‘a very worrying trend we have observed in the City and across the capital, with people, in this case Albanian males, who have entered the UK illegally, being employed to courier drugs to customers’.The image, which showed the ten enjoying platefuls of food washed down with bottles of Coca-Cola, was captioned: ‘We wish all Albanian people Merry Christmas from a prison in England.God may save all of you.’NCA Deputy Director General Matthew Horne warned that while the numbers of armed and violent Albanian gangsters were ‘relatively small’, their impact was ‘significant’.God may save all of you'He told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘It doesn’t take time for somebody to be hurt.‘Often it’s the criminals themselves, but obviously we are concerned there are innocent bystanders obviously in this.’The Daily Mail has also highlighted the cases of three Albanian murderers living freely in Britain.