Albanian gangs are waging open warfare on London's streets, experts warn

Battersea Church Road, Battersea. Flamur Beqiri's house where he was shot on Christmas Eve. - Geoff Pugh
An open war is waging on the streets of London between Albanian criminals to expand their drug trafficking territory.
In the last attack ten days ago, two men were shot in broad daylight while driving through Barking in East London, a Hellbanian stronghold, a notorious Albanian crime group.
A 20-year-old was identified in the Albanian community in London as the target of the assassination attempt on Wilmington Gardens, Barking, on Thursday June 4 at 2:15 p.m.
Armed officials who visited the scene found the two men injured with gunshot wounds, one of which was still in his car and was maintained by local residents.
Gashi, who has lived in the UK for several years, is said to be in critical condition in the hospital while the second man's injuries were not life threatening.
A 26-year-old man was arrested in West Ealing on suspicion of murder. The investigation was led by Trident detectives from the Met Police special crime squad. They appeal to witnesses.
It follows the murders of five Albanians last year as the gangs gain a firm grip on the British cocaine market, which the National Crime Agency (NCA) valued at between £ 9.4 billion and £ 11.8 billion a year and over 25 £ 7 million a day is estimated.
Cocaine use in the UK
According to the NCA, cocaine use in England, Wales and Scotland has increased by at least 290 percent to 117 tons per year since 2011.
"Albanian criminals have become well known and highly involved in organized crime in the UK (and) are increasingly expanding their network of influence and providing significant access to the UK drug trafficking market, particularly cocaine," said an NCA spokesman.
On an Instagram page seen by The Sunday Telegraph, an Albanian colleague posted a video about the aftermath of the shootout with the warning, “Albanian boys in England are lazy and don't work honestly. There is one thing in her mind - just to sell drugs.
"It happens to you at the end of drug deals. I'm sorry for his family. I hope the rest will learn that life is not a movie or an adventure. Work honestly, don't think you will get rich with drugs in a year. "
The Barking-based Hellbanianz gang, which acts as a street vendor for the Albanian mafia Shqiptare, has brought together almost 100,000 followers on one of its pages, where they display expensive cars, weapons and money.
Mafia Shqiptare are the Albanian organized criminal syndicates that the police believe are consolidating their power in the British criminal underworld and are on the way to an almost complete takeover of the British cocaine market.
By importing cocaine directly from South America, Mafia Shqiptare removed the middleman and allowed them to undercut their rivals by buying the drug directly from the cartels at a quarter the price and then increasing street purity.
One of the murders is Albanian-born Flamur Beqiri, 36, who was shot dead in front of his wife in December in front of his £ 1.5m house in Battersea, south London.
Beqiri was fatally shot in front of her £ 1.5m Battersea home - Hollie Adams
It later turned out that he was one of the most wanted men in Sweden. The police reported a double murder of two Albanians, one of whom was found in the trunk of a car that had been stabbed to death.
An Albanian drug dealer was murdered in his Brighton apartment just two months earlier. According to the court, it was a "brutal, persistent and determined" attack with a knife, a metal scaffolding bar and a barbell with thread.
Two more murders in July and September included the shooting of an Albanian in front of a snooker club in East London.
The gangs exploit young Albanians who are lured to Britain with promises of work and wealth. They are the second most traded or enslaved nationality in Britain after the British.
The number of Albanians in prisons has quadrupled from 212 in 2013 to 999 in March this year, representing 10 percent of all foreigners in prison.

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