Drugs in bag

Two men have been arrested following the seizure of 20kg of cocaine and £25,000 in cash at a flat in Rotherhithe, South East London.

Investigators from the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) – a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service unit – raided the flat in Helena Square on Thursday (04/03/2021), where they seized the suspected criminal cash and the drugs, which were hidden in various places in one of the bedrooms.

The cocaine would be worth an estimated £1.6 million if sold on the streets of London.

Vidiol Muratas and Fatjon Nakaj, both Albanian nationals aged 43 and 31, were arrested at the property and have since been charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

They appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court yesterday and were remanded in custody.

Matt McMillan from the Organised Crime Partnership said: 

“We take the threat from the criminal networks involved in class A drug supply extremely seriously. 

“Under the Organised Crime Partnership, the NCA and Met Police are particularly focused on disrupting the flow of illegal drugs through London and the serious violence associated with this criminality."

8 March 2021