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image of karafil PaciKarafil Paci

Man jailed for three years and eight months for selling drugs to pay off debt that helped him arrive in the UK illegally

Karafil Paci, 27 (09/03/1988), from Albania who owed £6000 for being smuggled into the UK illegally on a lorry from Calais has today Thursday 28 May pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to supplying Class A drugs, Class B drugs and for having a false drivers licence.

On Friday April 17, the City of London Police’s Project Servator team stopped a gold Toyota Prius on London Bridge at around midday.

When Paci was asked to produce a driving licence, he handed over a Greek one which had a different name but bearing his photo. Due to its poor quality, officers suspected it to be fake.

The vehicle was subsequently searched and several drugs were found including MDMA, Mephedrone, Methylamphetamine and high and low purity cocaine.

The street value for these drugs was found to be up to £5000.

Paci was arrested and admitted he was an Albanian national.

The court heard how Paci owed £6000 after arriving in the UK illegally in June 2014 in a lorry from Calais. Once in here, he was given a car, two mobile phones and drugs to sell to pay off his debt.

At the Old Bailey on Thursday 28 May Paci pleaded guilty to one count of possessing an identity document with improper intent, three counts of possession of a Class A controlled substance with intent to supply and one count of possession of a Class B controlled substance with intent to supply.

He will be deported back to Albania at the end of his sentence.

Investigating Officer Mike O’Sullivan from the City of London Police said , “Paci travelled to the UK illegally and had to pay a price by selling drugs on the streets of London and as a consequence will now serve time behind bars and eventually be deported back to Albania.

“I hope today’s excellent result serves a reminder to those engaged in this sort of criminality that the City remains a hostile environment for them.

“The City of London Police will continue to have more officers out on the streets to keep the Square Mile a safe place to live, work and visit.” ​​​


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