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Ilford drug dealer jailed after being found with gun and cocaine worth £1m

The National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police worked together to arrest Muhamet Qosja (Credit: NCA)

A man has been jailed for ten years after a gun and cocaine worth more than £1 million were found at his home in Ilford. 

Muhamet Qosja, who is originally from Albania, has been living in the UK illegally since 2014 and actively sought out work as a drug dealer as he knew it “paid well”. 

Police stopped the 29-year-olds car in Melbourne Road in October 2020. 

They found £23,000 hidden in a compartment behind the dashboard of his vehicle. 

Officers later searched his home in Valentines Road where they found a handgun with 20 rounds of ammunition. 

Five one-kilo blocks of cocaine were also hidden in bags beneath a child’s cot and another six kilos was found in laundry bags. 

The drugs are estimated to be worth £1.1 million if sold on the streets of the UK. 

Qosja was sentenced to ten years in jail at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to firearms, drugs and money laundering charges last year. 

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Brookes said: “Qosja was motivated by financial gain; however, I hope today’s sentence acts as a clear warning and deterrent for anyone considering criminality as an alternative career path. 

“Violence and exploitation are directly linked to drug trafficking and the illegal use of firearms, the impact of which damages our communities.”

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