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Earlier this year police chiefs warned gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant threat' on Britain's streets.The trio were caught when detectives from the National Crime Agency and officers from the Met Police watched Uku get out of a taxi in Stratford and approach a parked BMW.There were 512 Albanian inmates in jails in England and Wales last year, making them the fifth largest foreign group.NCA Deputy Director General Matthew Horne warned that while the numbers of armed and violent Albanian gangsters were 'relatively small', their impact was 'significant'.Unknown to police because they were recruited directly from Albania and operated on fake Greek and Italian passports, they were only snared after offering drugs to undercover officers.
Algert Lami, 23, Roland Vasija, 20, and 22-year-old Orjon Uku were held when police raided their den in Stratford, east London, and found blocks of cocaine and wads of cash.
Armed Albanian gangsters dressed in designer clothes to target Manchester revellers looking to buy cocaine.
They also operated a sophisticated 'dial-a-drug' phone line.
Around half a kilo of cocaine was found hidden in the BMW glove box along with suspected false and fraudulently obtained ID documents which officers believe were being used by Lami.
A number of mobile phones, drug paraphernalia and more fake identity documents were found at Lami's home address.
London is their 'primary hub', the report says, but they are established across the UK.