Gun Supplier Put Behind Bars
14th August 2018
A 28-year-old man who supplied drugs and a firearm to organised criminals in London has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years.
Dardan Sadikaj, along with his criminal associates, had been under surveillance by the joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) for 16 months before he was arrested on 9 January 2018 in Coquelles, France.
In September 2016, OCP officers watched as Sadikaj met with his cousin, Besard Mustafaj at the Sunrise Carwash on Barking High Road. Mustafaj left and was seen taking a white plastic bag from a woman on Gillette Road. He was arrested shortly after and a converted Baikal pistol along with a magazine containing two live rounds was recovered from the bag.
In covert recordings of Sadikaj obtained by the OCP, he explains that Mustafaj had been picking up the firearm for him so that he could sell it on to a customer. In May 2017, referring to the gun as a 'strap', he said: "Caught him in a strap right here, they knew it was for me the other boys, I knew them, they wanted to get straps off me so I was giving em the strap."
In further conversations recorded between February and May 2017, Sadikaj repeatedly makes reference to importing, cutting and selling hundreds of kilos of class A drugs including cocaine and heroin. When discussing his criminal enterprise in May 2017, he said:
"If we sell two units we make 14. We keep one guy here to do the food. One of our guys will be in Belgium. We'll distribute it at a garage. I've got full trust in it, my vision is that in 6 months, all of us will walk away with one mil each."
The term 'units' refers to kilos blocks and 'food' is code for cocaine.
In the same month, Ergys Osmanja, an associate of Sadikaj, was arrested following the handover of 5kgs of cocaine in North London. OCP officers searched Osmanja's flat in Proton House on Blackwall Way, Poplar and recovered £6,000 in cash, a hydraulic press for forming blocks of cocaine, and one kilo of herbal cannabis.
Sadikaj had previously identified the flat as a location for someone to pick up drugs and was seen driving past the building twice on the day it was raided. Sadikaj pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and a firearm and was sentenced on Monday 13 August at Blackfriars Crown Court to 17-and-a-half years in prison.
Matt McMillan from the Organised Crime Partnership said: "Organised criminals like Sadikaj dealing in the supply of class A drugs perpetuate gang culture and serious violence which spreads through their supply chains and out, also putting innocent members of the public at risk.
"Not only was Sadikaj an established drug dealer, he was prepared to supply other criminal gangs with a ready-to-use firearm, providing them with the tools to intimidate others and potentially end lives.
"We are aligned in our efforts with the Metropolitan Police to disrupt criminals willing to fuel the illicit activities that spread violence and protect Londoners from harm."