A drug dealer who spent thousands at the bookies and took photos of himself surrounded by piles of cash has been jailed.
Olsi Beheluli, 24, from Harrow, was arrested in October 2014 after a National Crime Agency operation that saw more than £4 million worth of heroin and cocaine seized from his associates Besim Topalli, 29 and Azem Proshka, 23.
Bags containing powdered caffeine and paracetamol, to be used as cutting agents, and bundles of pound and euro notes to a value of around £100,000 were also confiscated.
Investigators also found counterfeit identity documents, small amounts of cash and drugs, scales and other equipment associated with drug dealing at a home in Harp Island Close, Neasden.
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 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.
Following a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, Beheluli was found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs and on April 1 he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Albanian nationals Proshka and Topalli were sentenced to ten years each and 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 to justice and deprive you of any criminal profits.”