The Observer on 13th January published an article which says that Albanian organised criminal syndicates who, according to the NCA, are consolidating power within the UK criminal underworld and on their way to a near total takeover of the country’s £5 billion cocaine trade.  It says that the story of how Albanians came to conquer the UK’s cocaine market is a lesson in criminal savvy; the value of making friends with the world’s most dangerous mafias (particularly the ‘Ndrangheta and the absolute threat of violence.  The article says that Liverpool as the only part of England not routinely selling Albanian-sourced cocaine – saying not only has the Merseyside port its own direct access to South America, but its turf is jealously guarded by the city’s own criminal gangs.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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