Woman jailed for drugs offences after falsely claiming to have been trafficked

|News, International and organised crime

A woman involved in the wholesale supply of class A drugs has today (31 August) been jailed for seven years.

Marsela Kreka, also known as Maria Danciu, 28, was found with 1kg of cocaine in her car and evidence showed she had been involved in dealing drugs between 27 May 2016 and 2 June 2016.

On 3 July 2017, she was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to supply cocaine and one count of being in possession of a false identity card and was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey.

However, the conviction was quashed on 28 March this year after the Court of Appeal ruled the lower court had made an error in directing the jury, after Kreka claimed she had been a victim of human trafficking.

The CPS sought a retrial following the appeal because there was no evidence found to support the defendant’s claims. She has today pleaded guilty to both offences and was jailed at Wood Green Crown Court.

Adrian Flasher from the CPS said: “Marsela Kreka was part of an organised crime group involved in the supply of large quantities of cocaine.

“Despite her claim that she had been the victim of human trafficking, the CPS was able to demonstrate she had not been forced into committing the offences.

“The CPS works in close partnership with police, the National Crime Agency and other partners to ensure we identify those who falsely claim to be trafficked so they can be prosecuted while ensuring the genuine victims of human trafficking receive protection under the law.

“Kreka’s conviction should not deter genuine victims of modern slavery from coming forward.”

Notes to editors

  • Adrian Flasher is a Specialist Prosecutor with the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division
  • Marsela Kreka (23.02.90) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and one count of possession of an identity document with improper intention

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