Crime & the Law

Gambling drug dealer jailed for 11 years after taking iPhone selfie with his profits

Olsi Beheluli found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs. Photographed with his cash profits. Image: @NCA- National Crime Agency

Olsi Beheluli found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs. Photographed with his cash profits. Image: @NCA- National Crime Agency

A drug dealer who spent thousands at the bookies and took photos of himself surrounded by piles of cash has been jailed for 11 years at Blackfriars Crown Court.

24 year old Olsi Beheluli from Harrow was arrested in October 2014 after a National Crime Agency operation in north west London.

Heroin and cocaine with a likely potential street value of over £4 million was seized from his associates 29 year old Besim Topalli, and 23 year old Azem Proshka.

Bags containing powdered caffeine and paracetemol, to be used as cutting agents, and bundles of pound and euro notes to a value of around £100,000 were also recovered.

At the trio’s ‘stash house’ in Harp Island Close, Neasden, investigators found counterfeit identity documents, small amounts of cash and drugs, plus scales and other equipment associated with drug dealing.

On Beheluli’s iPhone NCA officers found a picture of him surrounded by piles of cash, estimated to be about £250,000.

Beheluli initially claimed the money wasn’t his, and the photo had been taken at a relative’s house in Albania.

But by matching the distinctive wallpaper and furniture in the picture to photos on a property marketing website NCA investigators were able to prove that it was a flat previously rented by Beheluli in Harrow.

At the time of his arrest officers also found betting slips showing he had recently placed stakes worth £12,000 at Ladbrokes and William Hill bookmakers.

His student bank account contained £24,000, which Beheluli claimed was winnings from gambling on the World Cup.

Beheluli was found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs and sentenced to 11 years in prison yesterday (Wednesday 1st April)

Proshka and Topalli each jailed for 10 years. Image: NCA

Proshka and Topalli each jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty. Image: NCA

Albanian nationals Proshka and Topalli were sentenced to 10 years each.

Both had earlier admitted conspiring to supply drugs, money laundering and possessing false ID documents.

They will face deportation at the end of their sentences.

National Crime Agency branch commander Oliver Higgins said:

Beheluli seemed to enjoy the high life and gambling with the money he made from drug dealing, but in the end his luck run out.

These men were involved in supplying significant quantities of high-purity class A drugs, as demonstrated by the value of the cash, cocaine and heroin we have seized from them.

But they were unaware that they were being watched by the NCA, and their arrest and subsequent conviction should have the wider criminal fraternity looking over their shoulders.

My message to them would be that we are determined to find you, bring you justice and deprive you of any criminal profits.

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