In a collaborative effort between Police in Brighton and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), four men have been charged with supplying Class A drugs after a successful operation resulted in the seizure of cocaine and a substantial amount of cash from multiple locations in the city.
The investigation began when officers noticed several individuals exhibiting suspicious behavior near a property on Second Avenue in Hove on Monday, 19 June. Swift action was taken, leading to the apprehension of two men who were found to be in possession of cocaine, a mobile phone, and approximately £25,000 in cash.
During a thorough search of the area, officers discovered a bag containing drugs, cash, and a passport in close proximity. As a result, a third man was promptly arrested. Subsequent searches of properties linked to the suspects led to the apprehension of a fourth individual found with drugs and cash.
The suspects have been identified as Andi Dema, 34, of no fixed address, Ridison Nega, 24, of New Market Road in Brighton, Albert Nedelcu, 22, of no fixed address, and Xhenaro Shehu, 19, of Palmeira Mansions in Brighton. They have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine) and possession of criminal property.
Additional charges have been brought against Dema for breach of deportation order, Nedelcu for driving without a license and driving without insurance, and Shehu for possession of criminal property.
All four individuals have been remanded in custody pending their appearance at Lewes Crown Court on 19 July.
Detective Superintendent Kris Ottery emphasised the commitment of the Brighton Police to combat illegal drug activities in the area. He stated, “Illegal drugs have no place in Brighton and Hove, and we work closely with our community partners and neighboring forces to disrupt the supply chain and ensure that those responsible face justice.”
Furthermore, Ottery reassured the public that vulnerable individuals impacted by the drug trade will receive the necessary support, as the police will collaborate with relevant partner agencies to provide them with the help they need.