Five members of a Polish organised crime group have been jailed for the importation and supply of nearly £1million worth of cocaine, supplying almost £1million worth of MDMA, and possession of a firearm, following an investigation by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
On 15 January 2020, Damian Masalski, 25, met Roman Lada, 53, from Poland, at the Birchanger Services in Bishop’s Stratford, Hertfordshire. Officers from the OCP – a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit – watched Masalski pass money to Lada, who then stashed it in his HGV lorry.
A search of Masalski’s address in Stevenage uncovered a further £134,450 in cash, plus 24 kilos of high quality MDMA worth £962,000. The search also uncovered written notes referencing the supply of a further 67 kilos of cocaine, potentially worth £5.3 million.
On 14 February 2020, OCP and armed NCA officers stopped Adam Anchim, 36, on Fountains Road, Luton, after investigators identified him as a criminal associate of Masalski. Officers searched Anchim’s vehicle and recovered a handgun, 24 rounds of ammunition, 220 MDMA tablets and 126 grams of cocaine. A search of Anchim’s address uncovered 1kg of cannabis and 423 grams of amphetamine, plus £26,233 and €4,801 in cash.
The OCP investigation found that Masalski, Lada, Dmitruk-Kot and Mysliwiec had been working together to arrange for the importation of cocaine into the UK, and that Anchim was criminally linked to Masalski.
Dmitruk-Kot pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, and received twelve years six months in prison. Mysliwiec admitted the same offence, plus involvement in other offences within the conspiracy period, and was today sentenced to eight years and seven months.
Detective Inspector Richard Smith from the Organised Crime Partnership said: “These five men were involved in a significant criminal operation that brought Class A drugs into our country for profit. The additional element of Anchim’s firearm makes their plot even more dangerous.
“Drugs, cash and violence all go hand-in-hand. The NCA and Met will continue to work together to stop organised criminals profiting on the importation and supply of drugs, which in turn will help reduce violent crime across London and the rest of the UK.”