Man jailed for six years for his role in Portsmouth drugs conspiracy

Ankel Pretj
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A MEMBER of a drug gang which conspired to supply cocaine worth more than £500,000 is behind bars.

Ankel Pretji, 24, was jailed for six years for his role in the conspiracy, which was run from the group’s Stubbington Avenue headquarters in North End, Portsmouth.

His jail term brings the total sentences handed to the criminals to 54 years.

Pretji, from Albania, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a class A drug.

He was part of a seven-strong gang who peddled cocaine between August 10 2012 and June 28 last year when police raided a string of addresses in Portsmouth and Gosport, including the Stubbington Avenue house where Pretji lived.

Judge Sarah Munro said: ‘Your role was the trusted warehouseman. Your home at 118 Stubbington Avenue was the base of this conspiracy.

‘When the police searched your address they found part of an industrial press which had traces of cocaine on it as well as your fingerprints.

‘That indicates that at some stage you were involved in the repressing of cocaine.

‘Also found was a large quantity of high purity cocaine, cutting agents, scales, deals lists and nearly £10,000 in cash.’

The court heard Pretji had a fake ID and a forged Italian passport.

Judge Munro said the evidence of the drugs seized and the deals lists showed that more than 13kg of cocaine had been supplied with a street value of more than £500,000.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the gang used a ‘drugs phone’ with a distinctive number ending in 30000 which was swapped between a number of phones linked to Pretji – who was himself addicted to cocaine – and others.

Judge Munro said Erol Barjami was in charge of the overall conspiracy. But addressing Pretji, who has no previous convictions, she added: ‘You were one of the most trusted of the conspirators.

‘Your role was an extremely significant one.’

Robert Forrest, defending Pretji, said: ‘He would like to say sorry.

‘He’s sorry for what he got himself involved in.

‘He would assure the court that he will never do anything like this again.’

Mr Forrest added: ‘He said he wants to go home.’

Erol Barjami, 35, of Kingscote Road, Paulsgrove, the ‘boss’ of the conspiracy, was jailed for 15 years.

Khalil Kharoubi, 28, of Blossom Square, Portsea, received 12 years, Evi Zharra, 28, of Exmouth Road, Southsea, was jailed for eight years and Moksudur Rahman, 31, of Queens Road, Fratton, received an eight-year jail term.

Meanwhile Robert Pescodd, 30, of Mayfield Road, Gosport, was jailed for six years and Sarah Adams, 23, of Jervis Road, Gosport, received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work.

Rahman, Pretji and Adams admitted their roles in the conspiracy while the others were found guilty following a trial.

The drugs and paraphernalia will be destroyed.