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Albanian national Taulant Stoica, 35, used the secret app to arrange deals worth millions of pounds in London and Bristol.
An international drug lord who was unmasked as a major player in Britain’s cocaine trafficking market was today jailed for ten years following a police crackdown on the messaging app Encrochat.
Stoica used the EncroChat handle ‘Palefog’ to organize her team of Albanian runners, including 30-year-old Muhamet Quosja and 39-year-old Eduard Hadjini.
Henchman Qosja stored the cocaine he would distribute to London’s street dealers under a child’s cot at his home in Ilford, east London.
Undercover officers followed Qosja through east London before surrounding him in unmarked cars.
Inside the vehicle, NCA officers found £23,000 in cash in a hidden compartment behind a dashboard.
Police raided Quosja’s hideout in October 2020 and found 11 kilos of high-purity cocaine valued at £1.1m
Police raided Quosja’s hideout in October 2020 and found 11 kilos of high-purity cocaine valued at £1.1m, some under her son’s cot, a pistol and 20 rounds of ammunition.
Qosja bragged to officers that he entered Britain illegally in 2014 and decided to sell drugs because he “paid well” and was jailed for ten years last June.
His boss, Stoica, from Bexleyheath, Kent, faced an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court early last year when he was charged with smuggling heroin from the Netherlands to Italy.
Stoica was charged with conspiring with 38 others to transport and distribute Class A drugs to Italy between December 2015 and February 2016.
The Albanian father of four fled to the UK and opened a cafe in Walthamstow, east London, as a front to avoid arrest.
District Judge John Bristow had ordered Stoica’s extradition to Italy last February, but she was allowed to be released on bail pending an appeal and she remained in the country, living in south London.
Stoica was arrested as part of Operation Venetic by officers from the Organized Crime Partnership, a joint unit of the NCA and Met Police, near his home in Bexleyheath on June 30, 2021.
He had three mobile phones and over £4,000 in his possession. A further £12,000 was recovered from his Brampton Road home.
Stoica admitted three counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine and one count of money laundering at Woolwich Crown Court and today she was jailed for 10 years.
Hadjini, who lived near Stoica in Abbey Wood, was arrested with fellow trafficker Sokol Ajazi, 36, after driving a car into Bristol containing a kilo of cocaine.
Hadjini was jailed for two years while Ajazi was locked up for five years in 2021.
EncroChat became a standard messaging platform for organized crime, where criminals discussed massive drug deals, money laundering, extortion, kidnapping, and even murder.
A joint operation between the UK’s National Crime Agency, the French National Gendarmerie and Dutch police infiltrated the network in April 2020 after placing malware on French EncroChat servers, allowing police to French read millions of messages between hardened organized criminals.
Andrew Tickner of the Organized Crime Partnership said: ‘Stoica was pulling the strings behind these drug deals which, had they not been prevented by OCP officers, would have resulted in cocaine flooding our streets.
“Through this strong partnership between the NCA and the Met, we are able to target those further up the drug supply chain and make a significant impact at the local level.
“This investigation demonstrates OCP’s commitment to ensuring that drug traffickers and money launderers like Stoica are brought to justice.”
Taulant Stoica Quick and Facts
- Taulant Stoica, 35, used app Encrochat for cocaine deals in London and Bristol
- The Albanian had fled heroin charges in Italy before relocating to south London
- Police raided the home of Stoica’s runner Muhamet Quosja, 30, in October 2020
- In Quojsa’s lair, they found £1.1million of cocaine – some of it under his child’s cot
- Stoica was jailed for ten years today for three drug counts and money laundering