THREE idiot gangsters have been jailed after posing with wads of cash in gloating pics while pumping class-A drugs around the UK in a county line.
Dealer Karl Newell, 27, from Mitcham in south London, posed with snaps of drugs and cash rolls – while bragging about his “deals on wheels” operation in messages he believed were encrypted.
The clueless gangster gave out his personal details on the EncroChat platform along with adverts for crack cocaine and heroin.
Now he and bumbling sidekicks Jack Bayliss, 24, from Rochford in Essex and Indrit Cakoni, 21, from Coulsdon in Surrey have all been jailed for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Newell’s gang turned over around 10kg of drugs across the UK after setting up the Purepoint line in Southend, Essex.
Their EncroChat messages to punters bragged about the quality and amount of heroin and coke on sale – with Cakoni even setting up his own side hustle drug line, Zino.
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Cakoni and Bayliss were arrested in August 2020 – but answered no comment to all questions.
Newell fled to Spain, where he was arrested and and extradited back to the UK in December 2020.
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He admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to eight years and 310 days’ imprisonment.
Bayliss admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and two counts of being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
He was sentenced to six years and 237 days’ imprisonment.
Cakoni admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was jailed for six years and six months.
Operation Raptor cop PC Michael Brimfield said: “Our extensive investigation has seen the dismantling of a drug line responsible for distributing harmful Class A substances not only in Essex, but across the country.
“Those responsible believed they could hide their illicit and brazen operation behind encrypted messages.
“They were wrong.
“We have been consistently clear that drug life doesn’t pay in Essex.
“Those who believe they can evade the law and sell illicit drugs to vulnerable people in our communities are mistaken.”