Three men have been jailed for an aggravated burglary on a residential address that turned out to be a cannabis factory run by a rival gang.
Azen Dajci, 25, Fabion Kuci, 27, and 19-year-old Ardi Sheta received prison sentences totalling more than 15 years after they were caught by an off-duty Special Constable.
The constable came across them mid-burglary in the early hours of November 27 2018 and called police to the address in north-west London. The suspects fled on foot and by car.
(L-R) Azen Dajci, 25, Fabion Kuci, 27, and Ardi Sheta, 19
One of the vehicles rammed into the attending police car and made off at speed – a short car chase ensued but police called it off due to the suspects’ “extremely dangerous driving”.
Meanwhile, the three suspects on foot were challenged by PC Christie Donald and another officer as they left the property.
Dajci was armed with a loaded gun, unbeknownst to the officers, and ran towards PC Donald - she activated her Taser to bring him to the ground.
Police entered the property on Hall Lane and discovered it was being used as a cannabis production factory.
It was later revealed that the farm was being run by the defendants' rival gang and this was the main motive for the raid.
Cannabis found at the address in north-west London
Officers seized 33 large sacks of cannabis from the property, with an estimated street value of more than £30,000.
Detective Constable Mike Haughey said the incident “represents the stark link between the supply of drugs and violence across London”.
Dajci and Kuci were detained at the time of the incident and Sheta was arrested in April following further investigation by Specialist Crime detectives. Three other suspects were not located and enquiries are ongoing.
Dajci was jailed for six years and eight months for aggravated burglary and will also serve sentences for possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition alongside.
Kuci, 27 was handed a sentence of six years and four months aggravated burglary and Sheta – who was 17 at the time of the offence – was jailed for two years and nine months for the same charge.
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