ALBANIAN gangsters are using flash motors and wads of cash in rap videos to recruit more foot-soldiers to the UK, reports claim.
The mafia – dubbed the Hellbanianz gang – brazenly flaunt their wealth online to entice criminals from Albania to smuggle themselves into Britain to join their network.
Once in the UK, they help bolster the gangs’ takeover of Britain’s £5bn cocaine industry using an army of dial-a-drug street dealers to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern Europe.
Their stranglehold of the cocaine market has meant the drug is now at its cheapest for almost 30 years and purity across Europe is also the highest for a decade.
Rap videos posted on Instagram and YouTube show gangsters posing on supercars such as Lamborghinis and flaunting Rolex watches, The Mail on Sunday reports.
Shocking lyrics boast: “We gun you down cos Albanians need no reason. They try to catch us, but these Albanians can’t be caught.”
FLAUNTING THEIR WEALTH
One video for song Hood Life, which was posted two years ago, shows masked men posing with half-naked women on a white convertible Rolls-Royce Phantom on the Gascoigne Estate in Barking, East London.
Rapper Ervin Selita, 26, spits: “My Albanians, hold on to your Kalashnikov rifle, Albanians, you are being reduced to sawdust.”
While “Stealth” – real name Fatjon Dibra – adds: “All your p***y Albanians think they Rambo. All my real Albanians moving narco, narco.”
Another, which has been viewed 4.3 million times since its release in 2016, shows the rappers necking champagne surrounded by women in their underwear.
One sings: “F*** the police, I’m chasin’ my dreams. F*** only all these hoes. I’m lovin’ the green [money], lovin’ the green, lovin’ the green.”
RISE OF ALBANIAN MAFIA
Some of the videos feature a disclaimer claiming those involved “do not condone violence” – but the lyrics support three Hellbanianz gang members who have been caged.
Dr Mohammed Qasim, an expert on gangs at Leeds Beckett University, told the newspaper: “This lavish lifestyle is a message to others to say ‘we’re successful’, and it’s also a message to rivals to say ‘we’re making more money than you’.
“They usually go back to Albania in large numbers for a birthday or a wedding and there’s a need to show they’re successful, which is measured in how much they can spend on a party.”
Thousands of Albanians arrived in the UK in the late 1990s and early 2000s during a refugee crisis.
Many took jobs as door staff in the heart of London’s sex and vice trade in Soho – then dominated by the Maltese mafia – where they first came to national attention.
The Albanians began working alongside the sex dons – before it is claimed they quickly took over London’s prostitution rackets.
UK FLOODED WITH COCAINE
Since then, brutally violent criminals, trading on their reputation as veterans of the Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people to guns and drugs into the UK.
In Europe they became allies of the Turkish and Italian gangs as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin from Afghanistan.
Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK’s £5billion cocaine trade.
The gangs have been able to reduce the price of the drug by buying direct from South America for up to £5,500-a-kilo – while European wholesalers charge four times as much.
Police sources have warned that Albanians illegally flooding into the UK have provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the crime groups.
Known as the Mafia Shqiptare, the fiercely loyal and vengeful groups work by their traditional codes of “besa” – to keep promises – and “kanun” – the ancient blood feud laws.
2. End Of The Line
Cocaine use is reaching epidemic levels in Britain, with the UK branded the ‘Coke capital’ of Europe.
More than one in ten British adults are believed to have tried it, and with young people the numbers are even worse.
A staggering one in five 16 – 24-year-olds have taken cocaine in the last year.
That’s why The Sun has launched its End Of The Line campaign, calling for more awareness around the drug.
Cocaine use can cause mental health problems such as anxiety and paranoia, while doctors have linked the rise in cheap, potent coke to an increase in suicide rates.
People from all walks of life, from builders and labourers to celebrities like Jeremy McConnell – who is backing our campaign – have fallen foul of its lure.
It’s an issue which is sweeping the UK and, unless its tackled now, means a mental health crisis is imminent.
Dozens of Albanian drug lords have been arrested and jailed across Britain in recent years.
Recently, an Albanian gang in Tunbridge Wells were said to have a “24/7 call centre” in London to service the Kent town.
The Sun has also learnt of one Albanian gang based in Kingston, South West London, which runs its operation from a string of apartments located in the area, as well as houses in Manchester and Bradford, West Yorks.
On top of cocaine, the Kingston gang are also understood to sell cannabis from the “grow houses” located in the north of England.
A source close to the gang told how they are led by a flashy 33-year-old Albanian who is pictured on a beach with a cigar in social media pictures.
The Sun has launched its End Of The Line campaign to raise awareness of the devastating impact even casual cocaine use can have on mental health. In fact, doctors have warned a flood of cheap and potent cocaine into the UK is fuelling suicide rates.
A police intelligence source said: “They were very much wholesalers but that’s changing, the more Albanians are here, the more of a network they are creating across the country.
“It lends itself to retail supply. Very few organised crime groups do end-to-end supply – somewhere generally there is a disconnect.
“The questions is are Albanians pushing themselves down this route deliberately because there is even more money to be made at street price mark-ups? It’s dangerous exposure if so.”