Sussex

Five jailed after Brighton drug dealer kidnap

Ilir Hasa, Saimir Nezaj, Gazmend Mula, Redon Sadria and Ardi Murataj Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Ilir Hasa, Saimir Nezaj, Gazmend Mula, Redon Sadria and Ardi Murataj were all jailed at Lewes Crown Court

Three men have been jailed for kidnapping a drug dealer off a Brighton street.

Saimir Nezaj, of no fixed address; Gazmend Mula, of Brighton; and Ilir Hasa, from Hove; bundled Ardi Murataj into a car in Prince's Terrace last April.

Murataj later admitted drugs offences along with a fifth defendant, Redon Sadria, from Brighton.

He and Sadria were also given jail terms, at Lewes Crown Court.

Sussex Police appealed for information about who Murataj was after CCTV showed him being kidnapped.

Murataj - who was also known by the name of Tony Kurt - contacted police himself after he saw the appeals. He was found safe and well.

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Image caption Ardi Murataj was spotted being kidnapped on CCTV

Nezaj, 24, who was found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap and witness intimidation, was jailed for 11-and-a-half years.

Mula, 29, of Temple Street, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, was given 10 years.

Hasa, 24, of Denmark Villas, who was found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon, was jailed for eight years.

Murataj, 20, who admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine, received two-and-a-half years.

Sadria, 19, of New Steine, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, received 30 months.

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