It [the group] was identified as having a hierarchical structure with the head of the group, an Albanian, Fatos Hamsaraj who lived within Swindon, coordinating the distribution network.
Through surveillance, analytical work and working with other agencies, police believed cocaine was being brought into the country in cars specially adapted to conceal Class A drugs and mixed with other cutting agents such as Benzocaine, at different locations and then distributed throughout Swindon."
– Detective Inspector Steve Kirby, Senior Investigating Officer, Wiltshire Police
This operation is a great example of the cross-force working – from local Neighbourhood Police Teams to our specialist crime team.
Organised Crime causes widespread misery in our communities by creating a domino effect of crimes being committed – many of the lower level offences designed to fund the more serious. Members of these groups also prey on the most vulnerable in our society – be that by plying them with drugs or forcing them to break the law for their benefit."