Illegal immigrant, 22, who was caught with cocaine is jailed for three years in the UK

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22-year-old illegal immigrant, who was caught with cocaine and then deported to Albania in 2019…is found drug dealer in Britain six months later and jailed for three years in a UK prison

  • Ronaldo Zani, 22, was sent off after being caught with cocaine at Bournemouth
  • He was returned to the UK a few weeks after being deported to Albania
  • Zani was caught selling cocaine again and has now been jailed for three years










Ronaldo Zani, 22, was deported and then smuggled back to the UK to continue drug trafficking

An illegal immigrant who was deported after being caught with cocaine has been able to return to the UK to continue selling, a court has heard.

Ronaldo Zani, an Albanian national, was first arrested in October 2019 after he was found with several wraps of cocaine when police stopped a vehicle in Bournemouth, Dorset.

He was not charged as he was about to be deported to Albania.

But officers found the 22-year-old in April 2020 when they searched a flat they suspected was a drug den, in Bournemouth’s Triangle Area.

As the police knocked on the door, Zani walked up the communal stairs.

He owed a £15,000 debt to the human traffickers who smuggled him into the UK, so he took to dealing class A drugs.

Graham Gilbert, prosecuting, told Bournemouth Crown Court that Zani confirmed it was his flat and stretched his arms out and said ‘take me away’.

He was arrested at that time on suspicion of being an ‘overstayer’ in the UK.

But when police searched the apartment they found two bags of ‘cocaine cash’, scales, deal bags and deal lists, and a fake Greek ID he was using.

Zani was first arrested in October 2019, but was not charged as he was about to be deported to Albania.  Between October and April he was deported – then smuggled back to the UK before being arrested a second time.

Zani was first arrested in October 2019, but was not charged as he was about to be deported to Albania. Between October and April he was deported – then smuggled back to the UK before being arrested a second time

A cell phone was recovered, while the accused had two other phones on him.

One was viewed by police and an outgoing group message was found which included the words ‘I’m back at work’.

A total of 24 grams of cocaine were seized, with a street value of between £1,000 and £1,600, along with £4,250 in cash.

Zani pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession of criminal property and possession of a false ID.

He was imprisoned for three years at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Huw Bowden, mitigating, said: ‘He was smuggled back to the UK and he owed a debt of £15,000 to the people who did it and he would say the subsequent actions resulted from the payment of that debt.’

Conviction, Recorder Don Tait said: ‘In my opinion, particularly following your previous expulsion, I consider in relation to the conviction that this is a category three case in which you have play an important role.

“This case is typical of many cases I have to deal with.”

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