“Drug lord” of the $ 100 million cocaine trade is being charged in the US

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Ylli Didani, 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Michigan on Wednesday for conspiracy to distribute cocaine

Ylli Didani, 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Michigan on Wednesday for conspiracy to distribute cocaine

An ex-Michigan husband has been charged by federal officials for allegedly being the protagonist of a $ 100 million international cocaine trafficking plan to use a submarine to transport drugs across the Atlantic.

Ylli Didani, 43, who is originally from Albania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday for conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Didani, who, according to prosecutors, is in charge of a global drug gang that distributes cocaine in 15 countries, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina late last month.

The charge comes after Didani was linked to Marty Tibbitts, the CEO of Detroit-based Clementine Live Answering Service earlier this month.

Tibbitts died in a plane crash in July 2018 when the vintage jet fighter he was flying took a dive into a dairy barn, also killing 50 cows.

The late CEO reportedly worked with Didani on the submarine prototype intended to carry the drugs.

Tibbitts allegedly financed Didani’s alleged drug trafficking ring.

The charge comes after Didani was linked to Marty Tibbitts, the CEO of Detroit-based Clementine Live Answering Service earlier this month.  Tibbitts was killed in a plane crash in 2018

The charge comes after Didani was linked to Marty Tibbitts, the CEO of Detroit-based Clementine Live Answering Service earlier this month. Tibbitts was killed in a plane crash in 2018

The CEO, who died in a plane crash in 2018, reportedly worked with Didani on the submarine prototype (pictured above) intended to carry the drugs

The CEO, who died in a plane crash in 2018, reportedly worked with Didani on the submarine prototype (pictured above) intended to carry the drugs

Above you can see the plans for the submarine, also known as the 'torpedo', and an SMS is exchanged about it

Above you can see the plans for the submarine, also known as the 'torpedo', and an SMS is exchanged about it

Above you can see the plans for the submarine, also known as the ‘torpedo’, and an SMS is exchanged about it

He was not named in Didani’s indictment or criminal complaint, but was reported by the Detroit News earlier this month.

US authorities have been tracking Didani since 2015 after they became aware of his suspicious international travels and were linked to investigations into money laundering and drug trafficking.

During the years-long investigation, federal prosecutors said they could determine that Didani and his co-conspirators – who have not been charged – had planned and funded the distribution of cocaine from various locations, including Michigan.

Among the alleged evidence in the indictment and related court documents are photos of Didani posing with large sums and cash and weapons, travel reports, various text messages and suspicious payments.

Prosecutors say Didani reportedly received at least $ 550,000 from his co-conspirators in two transactions in June 2016 and December 2017 for the bulk purchase of cocaine.

He is accused of using private planes and commercial container ships to obtain and distribute the cocaine across Europe.

Didani, who, according to prosecutors, is in charge of a global drug gang that distributes cocaine in 15 countries, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina late last month.  He is pictured above in an undated photo

Didani, who, according to prosecutors, is in charge of a global drug gang that distributes cocaine in 15 countries, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina late last month. He is pictured above in an undated photo

US authorities have been tracking Didani since 2015 after they became aware of his suspicious international travels and were linked to investigations into money laundering and drug trafficking.  He is pictured above in an undated photo

US authorities have been tracking Didani since 2015 after they became aware of his suspicious international travels and were linked to investigations into money laundering and drug trafficking. He is pictured above in an undated photo

His charges include allegations that Didani tried to build a submarine or underwater drone with Tibbitts to transport large amounts of cocaine to Europe.

The drone, which was to be equipped with an underwater modem and a GPS antenna, would transport the cocaine while trapped in the bottom of a commercial container ship.

The drone would then be remotely released from the container ship off the coast of Europe before being picked up by a fishing boat piloted by Didani’s organization, the charges said.

Authorities say the drug ring abandoned the submarine’s plans after Tibbitts died in 2018 and was forced to find a new financier abroad.

According to the indictment, Tibbitts had reportedly given more than $ 1.8 million to Didani since their partnership began in 2015.

He is said to have given Didani’s cartel a check for $ 864,000 in 2016, which may have been cashed at a pawnshop or gold exchange company.

The CEO also allegedly took a private jet to Washington DC to give Didani $ 350,000 at a clandestine nighttime rally.

Federal prosecutors say law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands have seized nearly 7,500 pounds of cocaine allegedly linked to Didani's drug ring and had a street value of more than $ 100 million

Federal prosecutors say law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands have seized nearly 7,500 pounds of cocaine allegedly linked to Didani’s drug ring and had a street value of more than $ 100 million

Contributing to the demise of Didani's alleged drug operation, at least two of his shipments in 2019 and last year in the Netherlands were seized after being shipped from South America.

Contributing to the demise of Didani’s alleged drug operation, at least two of his shipments in 2019 and last year in the Netherlands were seized after being shipped from South America.

Didani reportedly struggled to find funding for his cartel after Tibbitts died and turned to a sponsor in the United Arab Emirates.

Contributing to the demise of Didani’s alleged drug operation, at least two of his shipments in 2019 and re-seized in the Netherlands last year after being shipped from South America.

Federal prosecutors say law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands have seized nearly 7,500 pounds of cocaine allegedly linked to Didani’s drug ring and had a street value of more than $ 100 million.

Didani was arrested in South Caroline on March 31, but has since been taken to Michigan, where it faces federal conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

He is being held in Midland County Jail without bail.

US attorney Saima S. Mohsin said of the charges against Didani: “ This is a very important and important prosecution of a large-scale, well-organized drug trafficking organization involved in the distribution of thousands of kilograms of cocaine worth tens of millions of dollars across multiple continents. .

I salute the entire law enforcement team who have worked so tirelessly on this case, from prosecutors to police officers, from federal agencies to local law enforcement. Their efforts culminated in today’s indictment, showing collaboration and teamwork at its best. ‘

Tibbitts (pictured with his wife) was killed in a tragic plane crash in July 2018

Tibbitts (pictured with his wife) was killed in a tragic plane crash in July 2018

Marty Tibbitts (photo) is said to have funded an international drug ring before his death

Marty Tibbitts (photo) is said to have funded an international drug ring before his death

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