Willesden man jailed for his role in cannabis plot with former UK’s strongest man

Court hears �65,000 of the class B drug was found in the boot of Hugh McCourt’s car

A 41-year-old from Willesden has been jailed for his part in a plot with the former ‘UK’s Strongest Man’ to flood the streets with cannabis.

Hugh Gordon McCourt, of Villers Road, was caught with more than �65,000 worth of the class B drug in the boot of his car in November 2010.

Harrow Crown Court heard McCourt was working alongside Jimmy Marku, 37, who won the title in 2007, Anton Prenga, 36, and 39-year-old Adriatik Dosti to distribute 10.2 kilos of the drug.

Jurors were told McCourt and Marku had pre-arranged to meet in Willesden High Road before going on to nearby Brondesbury Park Road where they parked up and waited for the delivery of the drugs.


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The pair were under surveillance and officers watched as McCourt jumped into a car driven by Dosti which had pulled up beside them.

The two men drove to Ellis Close leaving Marku behind before

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McCourt called to tell him to meet them so the handover could take place.

The men then transferred ten individually wrapped packages of the drugs from Dosti’s car to the boot of McCourt’s car before going their separate ways.

All three were arrested shortly after and the drugs were seized.

Investigating officers later discovered Prenga’s involvement in the plot and he was arrested on May 9 last year.

Today (Monday), all four were convicted of possession with intent to supply and jailed.

McCourt and Dosti were sentenced to 10 weeks, Marku nine months, and Prenga 13 months.

Detective Inspector Steven Miles of Middle Market Drugs Partnership said: “As a result of this operation over �65,000 of cannabis, no doubt bound for London’s streets, has been removed from circulation.

“Today’s sentences are a reflection of the determination of all agencies involved to tackle those criminal networks intent on supplying drugs and making a profit from their illicit activities.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to keep drugs off the streets by bringing criminals like these to justice.”

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