Following the sentences, Det Con George Booth of Wiltshire Police’s Dedicated Crime Team, said: “The drugs recovered during the warrant and searches were destined for supply within Swindon to a number of identified cannabis dealers, and had a potential street value of over £60,000.
“The local investigation later joined up with an ongoing investigation by Greater Manchester Police with several others arrested for drug supply and money laundering.” Greater Manchester Police branded the operation to bring down the drugs gang “intense.” Det Insp Karen Ryan of the force’s Serious and Organised Crime Team, said: “Professing to be part of a sophisticated operation, the group used false names, false addresses and fraudulent documentation to avoid detection by the authorities, frustrate police investigations and attempt to evade criminal prosecution.
But Lleshi insisted he had turned over a new leaf after arriving, saying: 'I left everything behind and devoted myself to the right path.
I have no reason to engage in networks or criminal acts.'I have been in a lot of trouble before but I have lots of projects that I hope with the help of God to realise in the future.'He is trying to make it as a rap star and his songs have appeared on You Tube, sometimes under the name Baba Lleshi and 2Gunz.
In a Facebook Live video on Boxing Day he boasted that he had been chased by police in London but managed to escape.