Priti Patel kicks out a dozen serious Albanian criminals

Priti Patel kicks out a dozen serious Albanian criminals

September 10, 2020

Priti Patel kicks out Albanian drug dealers and thug who pulled a knife on police as a dozen serious criminals are deported

  • Group of drug dealers and thugs were booted out of the UK on a charter plane 
  • The 12 men were sentenced to a combined 26 years in prison for their offences 
  • The 12 included Kuinslend Dishi, 25, who was sent down for 20 months for an assault on an emergency worker, battery and possessing a knife
  • Another, Andrea Kopo, 24, was convicted of supplying cocaine, possession of criminal property and possession of false identity documents with intent

Drug dealers and a thug who drew a knife on police were among a dozen serious criminals deported back to Albania yesterday.

Kicked out of the UK on a plane chartered by the Home Office, they had been sentenced to a combined 26 years in prison.

Several had entered the UK illegally before embarking on crime.

The 12 included Kuinslend Dishi, 25, who was sent down for 20 months for an assault on an emergency worker, battery and possessing a knife. He was also sentenced in April this year for sending a threatening message.


The 12 included Kuinslend Dishi (right), 25, who was sent down for 20 months for an assault on an emergency worker, battery and possessing a knife. Andrea Kopo (left), 24, was convicted of supplying cocaine, possession of criminal property and possession of false identity documents with intent

Dishi was arrested after police in Kent were called to reports he had followed a woman and pulled her toward his car.

When officers tried to arrest him he reached into his pocket for a five-inch blade. They stopped Dishi pulling the weapon and he ran off, only to be apprehended by a member of the public.

Dishi had messaged the woman the previous day, threatening to kill her and telling her he had a gun, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Others on the deportation flight were Armand Gjyriqi, 27, who received an eight-year sentence at St Albans Crown Court for dealing crack cocaine. Another, Andrea Kopo, 24, was convicted of supplying cocaine, possession of criminal property and possession of false identity documents with intent. 

Kopo, who entered the UK illegally, was sent down for five years at Bristol Crown Court in December 2018. He was part of a six-strong drugs gang who were found by police to have more than £53,000 in cash and cocaine worth £65,000. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘The UK is a safer place without these criminals. The message from these deportations is clear. If you come to this country and abuse our hospitality we will deport you’

Another Albanian who entered this country illegally to become involved in the drugs trade was among those sent to Tirana.

Orgito Asllanaj, 29, was convicted at Exeter Crown Court in May of producing cannabis and was sentenced to 12 months in jail.  

Around 9,200 foreign nationals are in prison in England and Wales, according to latest figures, with Albanians making up the largest group – 11 per cent. 

All those deported yesterday were categorised as enforced deportations although some were removed through the Home Office’s early release scheme.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘The UK is a safer place without these criminals. The message from these deportations is clear. If you come to this country and abuse our hospitality we will deport you.’

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