Man jailed after gun and cocaine worth £1m found at Ilford home
- Credit: National Crime Agency
A man has been jailed for 10 years after police discovered a gun and more than £1million worth of cocaine in his Ilford home.
Muhamet Qosja was sentenced today - Thursday June 10 - at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Qosja, 29, was first arrested last October by officers from the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) - a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police unit.
A stop and search of his car on Melbourne Road uncovered £23,000 in cash hidden in a compartment behind the dashboard.
Further searches of his Valentines Road home led to the discovery of a handgun with 20 rounds of ammunition and five one-kilo blocks of cocaine hidden in bags beneath a child’s cot.
Another six kilos of cocaine and drugs paraphernalia were found in laundry bags.
The drugs were estimated to have a total street value in the region of £1.1 million.
- 1 Thirteen-year-old boy stabbed in Ilford
- 2 Restaurant apologises after allegations of verbal abuse between staff
- 3 'Cheating surge': Dating site reveals how many people are having affairs in your area
- 4 Vulnerable woman dies burning charcoal for warmth after gas and electricity are cut off
- 5 Co-living development green-lit by council despite 'rabbit hutch' rooms
- 6 Young Citizen nominee: Esha, 4, who inspired thousands to join bone marrow donor list
- 7 Seven Kings School celebrates 90th birthday with fair
- 8 Revealed: The most popular baby names in your area in 2020
- 9 Met Office warns of flooding risk with heavy rain set to hit London
- 10 Hainault community garden gets £85k for 'ecotherapy' scheme
Qosja pleaded guilty to firearms, drugs and money laundering charges last year.
He also told officers he had actively sought work as a drug dealer since moving to the UK in 2014 and had been living illegally since his arrival from Albania.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Brookes, from the OCP, said: “Qosja was motivated by financial gain; however, I hope today's sentence acts as a clear warning and deterrent for anyone considering criminality as an alternative career path.
“The OCP is dedicated to protecting the public by reducing the availability of firearms and disrupting the supply of drugs at all stages.”