‘Drug kingpin’ helped develop submarine to ‘transport drugs across the Atlantic’

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A suspected drug kingpin who allegedly helped a CEO develop a torpedo drugs submarine to deliver cocaine across the Atlantic has been charged in connection with a $100 million international trafficking organisation.

Ylli Didani, 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Michigan on Wednesday, April 21, on conspiracy charges to distribute cocaine.

Prosecutors claim Didani is in charge of a global drug ring that distributed cocaine to 15 countries, including the United States.

The Albanian was allegedly working with Marty Tibbitts, the CEO of Detroit-based Clementine Live Answering Service.

It has been claimed Tibbitts and Didani were working on a prototype for a submarine that would have been used to transport drugs across the Atlantic.

Tibbitts and Didani stopped working together in 2018 when the CEO's vintage plane he was flying nosedived into a dairy barn, killing 50 cows, it has been alleged.

The submarine was allegedly going to be equipped with an underwater modem and GPS antenna.

It would then be attached to the bottom of a commercial containership before being remotely released off the shore of Europe, according to Didani's indictment.

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The drugs would then be picked up by a fishing boat controlled by Didani's alleged organisation, detectives claim.

Authorities have reportedly been tracking Didani since 2015 after his international travel raised suspicion.

He was allegedly then linked to money laundering and drug smuggling throughout a years-long investigation, with prosecutors claiming to have found a wealth of evidence.

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Large amounts of cash, weapons, and odd payments are among the alleged evidence detectives will present in court.

Prosecutors also claim $550,000 wired to Didani between June 2016 and December 2017 was for the purchase of cocaine.

Didani was arrested on March 31 in South Carolina but has been brought to Michigan where he is facing conspiracy to distribute cocaine charge and is currently being held without bail in the Midland County Jail.

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