Five people have been charged following arrests on Tuesday as part of an NCA investigation into an organised crime group suspected of importing at least two tonnes of cocaine into the UK.

13 March 2020
 
Dorian Bleta, aged 32, of Shelson Avenue, Feltham, London; Darryl Tawiah, aged 40, of Friar Gate, Derby; and Ali Reza Shorolahi, aged 38, of Wellesley Way, London, were all charged with conspiracy to import cocaine.
 
Steven Johnson, aged 35, of Farlington Place, London, was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin.
 
Rosemond Agyemang, aged 57, of Chandler Way, Peckham, London, was charged with one count of money laundering.
 
All five appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court yesterday. Bleta, Tawiah and Johnson were remanded in custody until 23 April when they will appear at Wood Green Crown Court, Shorolahi and Agyemang were released on bail until the same date.
 
The four other people who were arrested on 10 March have been released under investigation. 
 
The Irish Criminal Asset Bureau froze an account with approximately £20,000 in cash following the arrests.
 
The arrests and subsequent charges are a result of the NCA working with partners at the Metropolitan Police and the Irish Gardai. 

 

10 March 2020

Nine people suspected of being part of an organised crime group responsible for importing at least two tonnes of cocaine have been arrested following a National Crime Agency operation.

Officers raided addresses in the Feltham, Bromley and Peckham areas of Greater London, and a house in Derby, early this morning (10 March).

In addition to several digital devices, items including a drugs press, and quantities of heroin and cocaine were seized.

With the assistance of HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), one suspect was produced from prison, where he is serving a sentence for unrelated matters.

The six men and three woman arrested include UK, Ghanaian, Iranian and Albanian nationals.

All are now being questioned by NCA officers on suspicion of drug trafficking and money laundering offences.

NCA Deputy Director of Investigations, Chris Farrimond, said:

“Today’s arrests are part of an investigation into what we suspect is a nationally significant drug trafficking organisation.

“The cocaine trade brings violence and exploitation to local areas right across the UK, as well as a trail of environmental and social harm internationally.

“The NCA works tirelessly to protect the UK public from the criminals profiting from the class A drugs trade, cooperating with partners at home and abroad to do so.

“This investigation continues.”