Drugs courier found with £29k cash and stash of cocaine jailed
A man found with £29k cash and three quarters of a kilo of cocaine concealed in a ‘sophisticated hide’ in his van has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and ordered to forfeit the money.
Albanian national Maringlen Hysa, 32, from Brighton Road in Croydon, was arrested by officers from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) as he travelled back towards London last June.
He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of criminal property and fraud and was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on Friday (August 30).
Hysa’s Vauxhall Astra van was stopped at Leigh Delamere Services on June 12 and Hysa was arrested on suspicion of fraud after producing a fake Italian driving licence. The £560 cash he was carrying was also seized.
Officers brought in a drugs dog to search his vehicle, which indicated something was concealed beneath the floor. A large carrier bag full of cash and three further bags of white powder were found.
Detective Chief Inspector Gavin Webb from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit said: “The sophisticated nature of the hide in Hysa’s van, together with the amount of cash and drugs seized, clearly shows his involvement in large scale drugs supply.
“The court order for the forfeiture of the £29k means the money made through serious and organised crime goes straight back into fighting it, funding our ongoing work to protect communities across our region from its impact.”