Brazen criminals in Hellbanianz gang brag about lawless lifestyle on Instagram

A brazen gang of Albanians are flaunting their criminal lifestyle online by sharing shameless photos of their guns, cars and cash on Instagram.

The Hellbanianz gang, based in Barking, east London, have racked up almost 100,000 followers on one of their pages.

One video shows a man smoking in a Mercedes next to huge wads of money and bottles of expensive booze as he sticks his middle finger up to the camera.

The post, viewed over 37,500 times, brags: "I’m trying to spend It.. You still trying to make it."


Seemingly taunting the cops, their pictures show some of the men smoking huge joints or posing in front of high-end cars.

They also appear standing next to scantily-clad women or wearing a string of expensive watches on one arm.

Alongside pictures from their rap videos, there are also snaps of cannabis lying amid the glittering jewellery and guns.


Some of the footage even appears to have been taken inside prison, with one person bragging: "The jail has become like a home and Amsterdam caff."

The Hellbanianz are one of a number of Albanian gangs who are thought to be behind a large part of the cocaine flooding the capital’s streets.

So-called "county lines" have also sprung up due to the surge, where runners transport drugs to other parts of the UK.

The gang are said to have links to the Albanian mafia and enjoy direct access to South American drug cartels, the Daily Express reported.



Earlier this year, Tristen Asllani, who is thought to be a member of the gang, caused outrage with photos showing him laughing from inside prison.

Asllani was locked up for 25 years after admitting drugs and firearms offences following a police chase through Crouch End in London.

The chase ended when he crashed into a shop, with police finding a suitcase carrying 21 kilos of cocaine inside the vehicle.


A Skorpian sub-machine gun and £6million worth of drugs were also found at a nearby property.

A spokesman for the National Crime Agency said: "Albanian crime groups have established a high profile and degree of influence within UK organised crime, and have considerable access to the UK drug trafficking market, particularly cocaine.

"They are also expanding and their prominence is increasing."

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