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Cocaine gang behind bars

DISCOVERY Drugs found hidden in a drinks bottle

DISCOVERY Drugs found hidden in a drinks bottle

 

A DRUGS gang that flooded the streets with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine have been jailed for a total of 48 years.

A court heard £616,090 worth of the drug was seized or had been sold from the gang’s headquarters in Stubbington Avenue in Copnor and other addresses.

Police said the haul amounted to 15,402 individual street deals.

During an eight-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court, the jury heard that between August 10, 2012 and June 28, 2013, police raided the Stubbington Avenue house and others in Portsmouth and Gosport and found the gang was processing high-purity cocaine.

The cocaine was cut with chemicals to increase its street value and sold on through a network of street dealers across Portsmouth and Gosport.

Erol Barjarmi, 35, of Kingscote Road, Paulsgrove, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for conspiracy to supply drugs.

Judge Sarah Munro said Barjami was the ‘boss’.

She told him in court: ‘It’s quite clear to me that you will do anything that makes you money.

‘You are, in my view, a manipulative and greedy man.’

Other senior players in the drugs ring were Khalil Kharoubi, 28, of Blossom Square, Portsea, who got 12 years, and Evi Zharra, 28, of Exmouth Road, Southsea, who received eight years.

Moksudur Rahman, 31, of Queens Road, Fratton, got eight years while Robert Pescodd, 30, of Mayfield Road, Gosport, was sentenced to six years.

Sarah Adams, 23, of Jervis Road, Gosport, received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work.

Another member of the gang, Ankel Pretji, has not yet been sentenced because of problems finding an Albanian translator.

Rahman, Pretji and Adams pleaded guilty to their parts in the conspiracy while the others were found guilty by a jury after a trial.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s Principal Crown Advocate for Wessex, Simon Edwards, said: ‘It’s now our intention to apply to the court for a confiscation order to seize their 
ill-gotten assets.’

During the investigation, police seized:

* £720 of cocaine from Robert Pescodd.

* £1,160 of cocaine from Sarah Adams.

* £48,000 of cocaine from Stubbington Avenue, deal lists showing a total of £532,000 of cocaine sold and £9,540 in cash.

* £170 of cocaine from an address in Exmouth Road, Southsea.

* £160 of cocaine from an address in Cadnam Road, Southsea.

* £50 of cocaine from an address in Queens Road and two deals lists showing £8,900 and £1,320 in cocaine sold.

* £50 cash, £120 of drugs and deal lists worth £32,480 from an address in Paulsgrove Road.

* £21,400 from Hillsley Road, Paulsgrove.

* £360 from Mayfield Road, Copnor.

* £9,540 from Stubbington Avenue, Copnor.

* £1,150 cash seized from Khalil Kharoubi on arrest.

A conspiracy behind ‘a business like any other’

THE drugs ring operated like any other business, with each member playing a specific role, according to police.

Detective Constable Rob Bowman was the officer in charge of the investigation.

He said: ‘What distinguishes this business from others is the fact that it was an illegal business and they were not selling cans of coke and chocolate bars to a newsagent.

‘They were selling cocaine to drug dealers.’

Erol Barjami was the boss, while Evi Zharra and Khalil Kharoubi were described as managers. Ankel Pretji was the warehouseman and Moksudur Rahman played a key role in distribution.

Robert Pescodd was a street dealer who was involved in order to support his own cocaine habit, and Sarah Adams played a relatively minor role as a courier.

A central part of the police investigation was tracking a mobile phone number which ended in 30000, which the gang’s ‘customers’ used to call to order drugs.

DC Bowman commended DC Verity Lamb and DC Dan Baker for their work on the case.

He said: ‘This has meant a massive disruption to the cocaine supply in Portsmouth and Gosport.

‘This emphasises the sentences you can expect if you plan to deal drugs here.’

 
 
 

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