(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Operation Venetic Report: Police charge a man from GRT Manchester with drug offences and issue details of other people they want to question in connection with their investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: Anthony Wilson, 41, of Lentworth Drive, Worsley, Greater Manchester, has been charged with Conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis: He was remanded to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court this morning, Friday 27th August: The charge comes as part of the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic: a national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as Encrochat.

#AceDailyNews reports on latest on Op Venetic: Greater Manchester man has been charged with Class A and B drugs offences after an #EncroChat Investigation ……

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Op. Venetic – WANTED:

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Detectives are today (Thursday 26 August) issuing images of nine more men who are wanted in connection with drug conspiracy offences, as part of Operation Venetic, the international mobile encryption investigation.

After yesterday’s gallery, we can confirm that extensive enquiries are also ongoing to trace the following men (pictured below and left to right): 

1) 34-year-old Carl Aldridge from Liverpool
2) 34-year-old Lee Malone from Liverpool
3) 34-year-old Stephen Warner from Sefton

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4) 43-year-old Dean Taylor from Huyton
5) 33-year-old Lee McKune from Huyton
6) 34-year-old Dean Nugent from Huyton

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7) 22-year-old Jamie Heron from Liverpool
8) 36-year-old Terence Wilson from Huyton
9) 29-year-old Stephen Zeisz from Huyton

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Detective Sergeant Daniel Pilling, part of the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic, said: “As part of the international operation, around 60,000 users of encrochat have been identified worldwide, with about 10,000 of them in the UK – all involved in coordinating and planning the supply and distribution of drugs and weapons, money laundering and other criminal activity: You will have seen many recent court cases involving this massive operation, with more in the pipeline. So far on Merseyside, we have arrested 148 people, 114 of whom have been charged. 37 people have been sentenced to a total of 444 years in prison, which has a massive impact on the criminal landscape of Merseyside and beyond: We’re confident that these nine more men will all face the courts sooner or later, so we’d encourage them or anyone who knows their whereabouts to contact us and stop delaying the inevitable. We’ll continue to issue the faces of any more wanted individuals and use all available lines of enquiry and powers to bring them in: Merseyside and many areas of the UK are safer thanks to this operation, which is making a significant impact in drug supply, which causes misery across our communities. We will continue to target anyone we suspect is involved in serious organised crime and keep the momentum going.”

Contact us via our social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ or call 101. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

If you have any information about suspected drug dealing in your area, please contact @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.28: 2021:

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(LONDON) Court Report: NCA & MET Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) Investigation leads to a drug supplier who used encrypted messaging service #Encrochat to sell cocaine being sentenced to 10 years in prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: Sleekyak boasted that they were able to facilitate the sale of 10 to 20kg of the drug per week, and also discussed the laundering of £37,000….

#AceDailyNews reports that a drug dealer was busted by birthday blunder Under Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of the #EncroChat platform – the OCP began investigating a user named ‘Sleekyak’ who was using the service to sell cocaine…..

In total, officers uncovered 1,071 messages exchanged over a two month period between Sleekyak and 22 other users known to be involved in the class A drugs supply network. Twelve of the seventeen images they had exchanged were of what appeared to be kilo blocks of cocaine.

The OCP were able to attribute the encrypted device to Lee Broughton, 40 from Epsom. Encrochat messages from Broughton further corroborated that he was the user of the device in messages he sent to others stating it had been his birthday the previous day, which matched up with Broughton’s birthdate of 10 April.

NCA and Met officers arrested Broughton for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs and money laundering on 31 March 2021 at his girlfriend’s house in Epsom, Surrey.

Broughton had 14 previous convictions for offences committed between 1997 and 2013. These included receiving two consecutive twelve month sentences in 2003 for cocaine and MDMA supply, and 42 months in 2013 for conspiracy to supply cocaine. 

When interviewed, Broughton said that the deals that he was involved in were much smaller than he had suggested and that he’d mentioned large quantities to give a false impression of importance and get a better deal. 

On 30 April 2021 Broughton pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court for the supply of cocaine, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 19th August.

DCI Mark Brookes, Head of the OCP said “Disrupting organised criminals and their wider networks is a crucial part of preventing Class A drugs from reaching streets in the UK: Broughton is a career drug supplier who for decades has sought to profit from a trade that fuels violence, misery and destroys the fabric of society. He attempted to use encrypted technology to evade detection, but we in UK law enforcement are determined to prevent criminals from operating with impunity: This investigation is yet another example of the NCA and Metropolitan Police Service working together to protect the UK public.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published; Aug.23: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Court Report: A 34-year-old man has become the latest in Merseyside to be jailed as part of Operation Venetic – an international operation targeting criminals who used a mobile encryption service to try to evade detection #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.18: Mathew Badibango, of Manorwood Drive, Whiston, was jailed for twelve years at Liverpool Crown Court today (Monday 16 August) after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs.

#AceDailyNews reports on update for Operation #Venetic: Whiston man has been jailed for 12 years for drug offences under #EncroChat investigation …..

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So far, the ongoing work of Operation Venetic to unmask drug dealers using encrochat devices has seen more than 140 arrests, 110 charged and 34 people being sentenced to a total of 402 years in prison across Merseyside.

Badibango, used the encrochat handle ‘Bagbangboomboom’ to distribute large quantities of cannabis, cocaine, heroin and amphetamine across Merseyside from his Whiston home.

He was arrested in September last year and later charged.

Investigations continue to recoup ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and so far we have recovered £1.8 million in cash, 110kg of cocaine and heroin, and four firearms with ammunition.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Smith said: “Today we have seen another sentencing as part of national Operation Venetic, which came about after law enforcement officials in Europe managed to crack the ‘encrochat’ service being used by criminals involved in serious and organised crime to carry out their business.

“Badibango was supplying large amounts of illegal drugs and generating vast profits in doing so. He will now perhaps take time to reflect on the risks he took and the harm he caused, while serving his jail time.

“Our work to track these criminals down and bring down serious and organised criminal groups remain ongoing. To those who we haven’t got to yet, our message is clear … expect the knock at the door.

“Merseyside Police, along with law enforcement agencies across the world, will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those people who think they are above the law, and we will continue to target anyone involved in serious organised crime to keep this positive momentum going.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.18: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) Court Report: Six men have been convicted after a NCA investigation uncovered their role in the supply of cocaine and a separate plot to torture and rob a Manchester man’s home and business #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: The group, from Manchester, Warrington and Hertfordshire were all involved in supplying drugs worth almost a quarter of a million pounds…..

#AceDailyNews reports that a drug-dealing-crime-group planned to torture and rob 82-year-old Manchester businessman at his family home Simmonds’ contact, who used the encrypted messaging service #EncroChat and referred to himself as ‘the old Bill’, had bragged to Simmonds about the emergency blue lights he had fitted to vehicles and was later described by Simmonds during the trial as someone ‘not to be messed with’

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William Skillen; Wayne Simmonds; Chris Sammon;
Gerard Boyle; Gary Betts; John Sammon

Five of the men also conspired to commit a robbery that would include threatening to tie up the victims and cut off the ear of one of them.

The NCA captured covert recordings of Gary Betts, 57, of Rye Bank Road, Firswood, Manchester, last year, as he told associates that he had a ‘nice job’ that would be ‘plenty of dough’.

He was joined by Gerard Boyle, 57, of Eleanor Road, Manchester, brothers Chris and John Sammon, ages 32 and 35, of Moorcroft Drive and Dudley Road, Manchester, and Wayne Simmonds, 39, of Oakwood Road, Bricket wood, Hertfordshire.

The gang believed the victims to be holding a substantial cash sum at their home in Greater Manchester and discussed logistics of the robbery at the office of Boyle – who was the registered director of a plastics recycling firm.

Betts was heard to say: “His dad’s an old man and there’s only one kid in the house…”

… You’ve got to give him a f****** slap …..you know what I mean? To tell you where the dough is.”

Wayne Simmonds agreed to carry out the robbery and discussed having a contact who specialised in impersonating police to gain entry to people’s homes.

Further conversations between the men indicated they were willing to torture victims to acquire the money.

Betts: “I’d just walk in and I’ll just bang him and just tie him up, and cut his ear off and then tell him…I’ve been down your area and cut people up….Believe me I’ll blowtorch your balls and cut your ear off…Put it this way I know an iron hurts in your chest.”

Betts, Boyle, Simmons, and the Sammons also discussed drug supply and pricing, including the purchase and sale of around five kilograms of cocaine.

Further searches of both the Manchester business premises where their conversations were recorded and a property on Sandgate Road, Southampton, linked to Simmonds, led to the discovery of 100 grams of cocaine, drugs paraphernalia including a drugs press and 3 kilograms of Boric acid.

They were arrested on 11 May last year along with an additional man in Warrington, William Skillen, 35, from Long Lane, who was also involved in the drug conspiracy.

The men all appeared before Manchester Crown Court and were found guilty of all charges today [3 August 2021] after a seven week trial.

They will be sentenced at the same court on 23 August.

NCA Operations Manager, Jon Sayers, said: “These men were clearly very dangerous, and stated that they were willing to carry out abhorrent acts of violence in pursuit of their aims: “ They used a business premises to freely talk about their drug dealing, where it became apparent that their links to the trade were very much serious and organised: With the support of the Met Police flying squad and Greater Manchester Police, the NCA was able to secure the men’s arrests and obtain the evidence that has led to today’s verdicts: “ Class A drugs are inextricably linked to violence and exploitation in local communities and the NCA, together with partners, uses all of its capability to disrupt the perpetrators and bring them to account.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.07: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Operation #Venetic Supported by PSNI arrested a man Friday morning at Brookfield Avenue, Banbridge for importing Class A drugs through HSI N.I Haulage firm links #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.03: It is suspected that the man may have played a role in importing class A drugs into the UK from mainland Europe, through his position at a haulage firm based in Armagh.

#AceDailyNews reports that a Northern Ireland man has been arrested as part of NCA investigation after obtaining evidence from Operation #Venetic – the UK’s law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted communications platform #EncroChat last year…

His arrest is also linked to a number of other arrests throughout the UK in the last twelve months. All those arrested are suspected to have played a role within the same organised crime group: The man was taken to Carlisle police station, where he remains for questioning….

NCA Belfast Branch Commander David Cunningham said: “We continue to work with partners to investigate a number of drug importations that can be linked back to hauliers in Northern Ireland: “ We remain committed to pursuing those involved in the trafficking of illicit drugs whose actions fuel violence and exploitation in our communities: “ Investigations into the actions of this suspected OCG continue.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.03: 2021:

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(LONDON) Woolwich Crown Court Report: A woman from Kent who headed up a crime group that supplied over half a tonne of cocaine and laundered millions of pounds in illicit cash has been jailed for 15 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.27: Investigators from the OCP – a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service Unit – had been watching the group as they conducted multiple drugs and cash handovers in Gravesend, Kent, in the week prior to their arrests.

#AceDailyNews reports on the Venetic Investigation: Kent woman headed up family-run multi-million cocaine dealership: Nicola Stevens’ illegal business was brought down in April last year when she, along with the five other members of the criminal network, were arrested by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) via takedown of EncroChat

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The group conducted their business via the encrypted messaging service EncroChat, which was taken down in July 2020 as part of Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted messaging service, EncroChat: Messages downloaded from their phones showed them arranging meetings to pick up or exchange drugs and money on a daily basis: Upon receiving a message that he was about to be delivered some cash, Coribel AKA ‘Dreamwalker’ replies, “And you want me to take to mum?”, referring to Stevens.

Stevens, 51, coordinated the group’s activity with her son-in-law and second in command, Luke Coribel, 32.

They were supported by three couriers – David Adeniji, 29, Kyle Hills, 32, and Quang Viet Pham, 29.

Her partner, Philip Spence, 52, helped launder the dirty cash.

On 14 April 2020, OCP officers watched Adeniji and Hills meet briefly on Hillingdon Road in Gravesend, before both driving separately the short distance to Coribel’s house on Gatwick Road.

Coribel came out of his house and opened the door to his van for Hills, who then transferred a large box from his own van to Coribel’s.

Officers then moved in and detained Hills but Coribel fled the scene on foot. The box was seized from his van and found to cocaine 20 kilos of cocaine. A further four kilos were found under the floorboards in his house.

Adeniji also attempted to drive away but was stopped and arrested a short time after.

At the same time, Stevens and Spence were arrested at their house on Rochester Road, where officers seized over £200,000 in cash, encrypted phones, a money counting machine and drug dealing paraphernalia.

Coribel handed himself in to a local police station two days later.

Officers arrested Pham a week prior to this, after he was seen picking up a bag of cash from Stevens. He had attempted to hide the bag in a specially constructed concealment in his van disguised as a Honda-branded generator.

A matching concealment was found in Adeniji’s car on the day of his arrest.

In another exchange sent during lockdown, Stevens AKA ‘Avocadovermouth’  tells Adeniji AKA ‘Powerroyal’, “Im going to look on line and buy you all hi viz jackets make you look like workers”.

Following Adeniji’s arrest, Stevens received a message telling her “Stay inside… They got royal (Adeniji).” She replied, “Who, the police?” and is then told, “Yes stay in hide money”.

Investigators were able to evidence that in total, the crime group were involved in the movement of over around 786 kilos of cocaine and £5 million in cash.

The total profit of the drugs sold by the group is believed to be at least £27.5 million.

Yesterday (23/07/2021) at Woolwich Crown Court, a jury found Stevens guilty of Conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering. Spence was convicted of money laundering.

They were also both sentenced today to 15 years and nine months respectively.

The other four members of the group had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering on various dates.

They were each sentenced to between seven and eight years in jail but on 30 April 2021, a judge deemed their sentences too lenient and increased them as follows:

  • Coribel – 8 years 3 months – now sentenced to 13 years
  • Pham – 7 years 2 months – now sentenced to 12 years
  • Adeniji – 8 years 3 months – now sentenced to 13 years
  • Hills – 7 years 6 months – now sentenced to 11 years

John Coles, Head of Specialist Operations at the NCA said: This targeted investigation conducted jointly by the NCA and the Met Police has taken out an entire organised crime group who were responsible for distributing huge amounts of class A drugs throughout London and the home counties: Today’s convictions mean the last remaining members of the group, Stevens and Spence, will join the rest of their criminal family behind bars: Disrupting the organised crime groups responsible for bringing class A drugs into the UK is a priority for the NCA. Cocaine supply causes significant harm to the public through its links to violence and the exploitation of young and vulnerable people: Through our partnership with the Met, we’re able to ensure we’re targeting those higher up the drug supply chain and having a significant impact at a local level.”

Detective Superintendent Simon Moring from the Metropolitan Police Service said: “Tackling violence on the streets of London remains our absolute top priority: This operation has significantly disrupted the activities of an organised crime group intent on importing and distributing Class A drugs across not just London, but the entire of the United Kingdom: There is an undeniable link between drugs and violence on the streets. Many people may believe this level of organised crime has no impact on the day to day lives of the general public, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The drugs distributed by this group would have gone down the chain and ended up being sold on the streets of cities across the country: We will continue to develop and carry out operations of this scale and will continue to identify those involved in serious and organised crime and bring them to justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.27: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Merseyside Police Report: On Thursday (15 July) officers arrested four people and seized around 40kg of suspected cocaine in warrants targeting those involved in drug crime and serious violence as part of Operation Venetic #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.16: Officers carried out early morning warrants at six properties in Huyton, and following searches of the addresses quantities of suspected cocaine were seized…..

#AceDailyNews reports Operation #Venetic & takedown of #EncroChat that four people have been arrested and suspected cocaine seized in Huyton warrants as follows below:

A 23-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

A 39-year-old female from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

A 30-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

A 42-year-old man from Billinge was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

It is now more than a year since news of Operation #Venetic and the takedown of #Encrochat – a mobile encryption service exploited by criminals involved in serious organised crime across the UK and Europe – became public. Since then we have arrested more than 130 people, charged more than 100 and seen 31 people convicted and jailed for a total of 366 years.

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Detective Inspector Christopher Lowe said: “Those involved in the supply and distribution of dangerous drugs have no regard whatsoever for the misery they cause, which is why proactive activity such as this is vital in disrupting criminal activity and putting individuals involved before the courts: This operation continues apace and we will continue working closely with forces up and down the country, as well as North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and the National Crime Agency, to protect our communities and prevent harmful drugs from reaching vulnerable people in Merseyside: We cannot do this without the help of the public and would urge anyone with information on the supply of drugs or individuals involved in serious and organised crime, to please get in touch, either directly through us or through Crimestoppers, completely anonymously.”

Chief Inspector Duncan Swan said: “Those involved in the supply of drugs are often responsible for violent incidents on our streets in Knowsley. Every time officers disrupt the activity of criminals by arresting suspects and seizing illicit drugs and cash, it removes their ability to cause further harm and to use the misery of others to line their pockets: We will go on do everything in our power to protect our communities because nobody should have to fear that a person living nearby may be involved in drug supply, or that the disputes criminals get involved in will spill out into their street: Every time someone buys drugs from criminals they are fuelling an illicit business that directly impacts the safety of people in our communities. I would urge anyone aware of drug dealing in their area to let us know so that we can take the direct action we have taken today, and improve the quality of life for people right across Merseyside.”
Activity in the Huyton is ongoing today and the public are advised that extra police patrols will be out and about for the foreseeable to ensure your safety.

Anyone with information on drug dealing is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.16: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GMP Serious & Organised Crime Unit Report: Officers working with other law enforcement agencies have reached a one year milestone on taking down organised crime groups using EncroChat #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: In July 2020, GMP alongside nearly ever law enforcement agency across the UK came together as part of the National Crime Agency led ‘Operation Venetic’ The huge scale operation saw enforcement agencies across the UK join together and share expertise in order to takedown ‘Encrochat’, a highly sophisticated global communication service which allowed organised criminal groups to communication with each other freely.

#AceDailyNews reports that Firearms, ammunition, class A and B drugs and over £2.5 million in cash seized as mammoth GMP operation reaches one year milestone with NCA led Operation Venetic and use of EncroChat network

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Codenamed ‘Operation Foam’, the force wide operation has been in constant action for the past twelve months:

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The operation was sparked after EncroChat was cracked by an international law team in May 2020, springing UK’s police forces and agencies across the country into collective and direct action.

GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit launched a series of intricate investigations bringing together 16 teams of officers from across all ten districts of Greater Manchester.

To date, under Operation Foam, GMP has:

• Executed over 175 warrants across Greater Manchester
• Arrested 167 people
• Charged 128 people
• Recovered 10 firearms and over 1100 rounds of ammunition
• Seized approximately 12 kilos of class A and approximately 25 kilos of Class B drugs
• Seized over 2.5 million in cash
• Over £300,000 worth of property including luxury jewellery and vehicles.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Harrop said: “Operation Foam has been a colossal operation that has brought together teams of specialist officers and detectives from across Greater Manchester Police who have carried out endless hours of meticulous investigative work in order to takedown the encrypted communication platform EncroChat: Over the past 12 months we have carried out countless warrants amounting to 167 arrests and 128 people being subsequently charged. These results are testament to the dedication and determination of all involved and their efforts have been integral in continuing GMP’s commitment to pursuing organised criminals and ensuring justice prevails: There’s no place for organised crime across Greater Manchester and the impact of drugs and criminal activity blights communities and can have serious lasting detrimental impact. GMP is committed to ensuring our communities are protected and safeguarded and Operation Foam will continue at pace to ensure we can fulfil this promise.”

Detective Superintendent Paul Denn from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) said: Since the takedown of ‘EncroChat’ twelve months ago, our officers have continued to work together with our six North West police forces, to identify the criminals who were using the encrypted devices to carry out their illegal activity: Tackling serious and organised crime, and those who cause the most harm to our communities in the North West remains our top priority here at the NWROCU, and we will continue use all our specialist tactics to disrupt these dangerous offenders operating across our region: Since last July more than 400 people have been arrested across the North West and more than £16 million pounds in cash and 400kg of Class A and B drugs seized as part of Operation Venetic: I can reassure communities across the North West that we will leave no stone unturned – we will continue to interpret, analyse and share intelligence and data to target and dismantle the most hardened criminals in our region.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.02: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: A 42-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years, after admitting a conspiracy to supply cocaine and launder thousands of pounds following an investigation by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.25: The investigation was launched after OCP officers analysed messages shared by Patru on EncroChat – the encrypted messaging platform that was brought down last year as part of Operation Venetic:

#AceDailyNews says ….Officers in Operation #Venetic a key-player in #EncroChat drugs and money laundering conspiracy jailed: Ervin Patru, from Albania, was arrested at his home in Harrow by officers from the OCP – a joint partnership between the NCA & MET in December 2020.

Updated: 23 June 2021

Using the handle ‘veteranbeer’, Patru exchanged 14,000 lines of messages about selling Class A drugs: In the messages Patru displays nervousness over law-enforcement activity and tells associates he was ‘frightened’ into briefly ceasing his communications: Messages were also found linking Patru to a previous OCP arrest, during which an Albanian national was found with 4 kilos of cocaine following a high-speed police chase. The ‘veteranbeer’ alias speaks of 4 ‘packets of ours’ which ‘got seized’ and expresses relief that a ‘fallen’ associate did not ‘talk’ and ‘**** everything up:

Patru was charged on 11 December 2020 with Class A drug supply and money laundering offences and remanded in custody: He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced yesterday (22/06/2021) at Harrow Crown Court to 15 years in prison:

OCP Operations Manager Matt McMillan said: Disrupting the communications between criminals on digital platforms is a crucial part of preventing illegal drugs from reaching streets in the UK: The apprehensive tone of Patru’s messages indicates the success of our collective efforts to disrupt the trade in class A drugs, which fuels violence and exploitation: This investigation is yet another example of the NCA and Met Police working together to protect the public.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.25: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: A man WANTED for his alleged involvement in multi-tonne cocaine importations from South America to Germany has been arrested by agents #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.19: A man wanted for his alleged involvement in multi-tonne cocaine importations from South America to Germany has been arrested by the National Crime Agency:

NCA: ‘Arrested a WANTED: Suspected member of international organised crime group who used #EncroChat arrested’ the 44-year-old man was apprehended this morning (Wed 16 June) after NCA officers tracked him down to an address in Woolwich, South East London, on behalf of the Bundeskriminalamt in Germany.

He is believed to have a significant role in an Albanian and German organised crime group behind cocaine importations over a number of years, who have associates in South America and across Europe to facilitate the movement of drugs.

Deputy Director Andrea Wilson, from the National Crime Agency, said: “This man has gone to great lengths to evade law enforcement both in Germany and the UK, which included using the encrypted comms platform EncroChat to communicate with his associates:

His arrest is the culmination of great collaborative work between the NCA and our colleagues in the BKA, and highlights how we are working together with partners to target and dismantle the organised crime groups responsible for bringing drugs to our streets: We know that Western Balkan crime groups have a presence at all stages of the cocaine supply chain, from South America to the UK. They play a significant role in the wholesale movement of cocaine, and we will not stop in our endeavours to identify those involved and disrupt their activity.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.19: 2021:

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(LEEDS, U.K) Crown Court Report: A former professional footballer has been convicted after firearms, ammunition and Class A drugs were seized from his home in a National Crime Agency investigation linked to Operation Venetic #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.18: The NCA launched an investigation when an encrypted Encro phone and drugs were found at Shepherd’s home. He had earlier been stopped in his car by officers from West Yorkshire Police, who found a block of cocaine in his vehicle:

Operation Venetic: ‘Former footballer guilty of northern firearms conspiracy: Paul Shepherd, 43 – who played for clubs including Leeds United and Luton Town – was charged by the NCA with firearms offences after a Glock semi-automatic pistol and a Howa bolt-action rifle, as well as 200 rounds of ammunition were seized from his home on Stainbeck Lane, Leeds, in April last year together with an EncroChat phone’

Image showing Paul Shepherd.

The use of Encro phones can be linked to Operation Venetic – UK law enforcement’s response to the take down of encrypted comms platform EncroChat.

Messages on the seized device linked Shepherd to the firearms and triggered further arrests and seizures across West Yorkshire, Merseyside and the North East. 

Those arrested included Gerard Wignall, 33, from Merseyside, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison last month after his DNA was found on the rifle at Shepherd’s house.

The rifle could be traced back to a commercial burglary and was being looked after by Wignall before it was transported to West Yorkshire.

A further suspect, Carl O’Flaherty, 36, of Leysolme Terrace, Leeds, was arrested in June 2020 and pleaded guilty to multiple drugs and firearms charges in July.

Evidence proved that O’Flaherty helped source the firearm for Shepherd and took eventual payment for it.

A third man from Leeds, Shane Kameka, 40, also pleaded guilty to being involved in supplying firearms.

Kameka acted as a courier and transported the rifle from Merseyside. His sentence will be joined with another hearing where he is due to be sentenced for a separate arson offence.

Investigators believe they were assisted by Clinton Blakey, 36, of Dunstarn Drive, Leeds, who is currently wanted by the NCA after failing to appear at court after he was charged in August.

Today at Leeds Crown Court, Shepherd was found guilty of four charges relating to possessing a firearm and Class A drugs after a three day trial.

Both he and O’Flaherty are accused of further charges around drug supply and are due to be trialled in May 2022, after which, a sentence will decided.

NCA Operations Manager, Nigel Coles, said: “Shepherd went to great lengths to acquire dangerous firearms that were criminally sourced: “ We’re pleased that the evidence presented at court this week has secured a guilty verdict and hope further charges can be proven at a later date: The seriousness of gun crime cannot be underestimated: Had we not intercepted these weapons they would have been used to threaten and intimidate others with the potential loss of life. Criminals like Shepherd, O’Flaherty and Kameka perpetuate violent crime and are only motivated by financial gain. Reducing the availability of illegal firearms remains a priority for the NCA: We are still seeking one other man involved in this investigation.

“Anyone with information on Clinton Blakey’s whereabouts is urged to contact the National Crime Agency on 0370 496 7622 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.18: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K) Crown Court Report: Three men have been jailed today in connection with an international operation targeting criminals who used a mobile encryption service to organise serious crime #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.16: Jack Stanley Jones, 27, of Hey Park in Huyton, used the encrochat handle ‘feralwhale, and was jailed for 16-and-a-half years for playing a leading role in drug importation, which saw police seize 18kg of cocaine concealed in children’s Duplo boxes of lego:


He pleaded guilty to:

– Conspiracy to Supply a Class A Controlled Drug – Cocaine
– Conspiracy to Supply a Class A Controlled Drug – Heroin
– Conspiracy to Supply a Class A Controlled Drug – MDMA
– Conspiracy to Supply a Class B Controlled Drug – Cannabis
– Conspiracy to Supply a Class B Controlled Drug – Methamphetamine
– Importation of a Class A controlled drugs into UK
– Importation of a Class B controlled drug into UK
– Conspiracy to produce cannabis
– Conspiracy to convert criminal property

Venetic Investigation contuness From building blocks to cell blocks after three Liverpool men jailed for Encrochat drugs crimes

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Officers gathered evidence from encro devices showing that Jones was involved in the importation and supply over 50kg of Class A drugs, multi-kilogram quantities of cannabis, and kilograms of MDMA. His encrypted messages revealed he was also making plans for the importation and transportation of large quantities of drugs via planes and boats, as well as via the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.

During the investigation, police recovered a total of 18kg of high purity cocaine from parcels which arrived in the UK from Holland, to Merseyside addresses linked to Jones. The wholesale value of the recovered cocaine was between £612,000 and £720,000 and the potential street value was up to £1,800,000.

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Jones’ encrochat revealed his drug importation deals into the UK would make he and his associates “millers (millionnaires) in waiting” and “multimillionaires in a few months“.

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Isaac Rasmussen, 28, from Heath Road Widnes, previously from the Huyton area used the encro handle ‘Intimatemode’. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiring to fraudulently evade a prohibition on the import of Class A drugs, and conspiring to fraudulently evade a prohibition on the import of Class B drugs. He has been jailed for 10 years.

Rasmussen was a trusted confidant of Jack Jones, having met in the Royal Navy where they were in the same regiment from 2009. The pair set up a courier transport company – named 998 after their Royal Marines troop number. During a search of Rasmussen’s Widnes home, police later found a photograph of their troop from the Commando Training Centre in 2009, which dated their association back to their Royal Navy days.

Rasmussen’s role also included collecting payment from the sale of the kilograms of cocaine that he and Jack Jones had imported into the UK. He admitted using his home address for the delivery of two imported drugs packages – the second of which was 6kg of high purity cocaine concealed in children’s Duplo boxes.

Paul Jones, 43, of Lincombe Road Roby, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, possession of cannabis, possession of criminal property, conspiring to fraudulently evade a prohibition on the import of Class A drugs. Jones allowed his home to be used for the delivery and storage of drugs packages from Holland – of which two were recovered by police and totalled over 12kg of high purity cocaine. He has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Around 60,000 users of encrochat have now been identified worldwide, with about 10,000 of them in the UK – all involved in coordinating and planning the supply and distribution of drugs and weapons, money laundering and other criminal activity. Arrests are continuing across Merseyside as part of the operation.

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Detective Inspector Lee Wilkinson said: “It is a brilliant result to see three more dangerous drugs criminals locked up as part of national Operation Venetic.

“The potential dangers of this enterprise were demonstrated further when one of their imported boxes containing a kilogram of high purity cocaine found its way into the hands of a young child who was mistakenly given it as a present, packaged in a Duplo lego box. It was only by fortune that one of the parents of the child opened the box and discovered the contents. The police were then called to recover the item. 

“Despite Jack Jones’ boasts that they would soon be multimillionaires, their dreams of building a living – and a drugs empire – by bringing misery to our communities have now come crashing down around them. 

“As part of Operation Venetic, Merseyside Police has so far arrested more than 125 people, many of whom have been charged with serious drug trafficking and firearms offences. More offenders will continue to appear before the courts, and with every one brought to justice our streets are made safer form the harm they can bring. 

“Our message to other people who are involved in this type of criminality is clear: expect that knock at the door sooner rather than later.

“Merseyside Police will continue to be relentless and leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those involved in serious organised crime in order to protect our communities.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.16: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Crown Court Report: Three men from Merseyside have been jailed for over 40 years in connection with an international operation which targets criminals who used a mobile encryption service to organise serious crime #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.30: Around 60,000 users of encrochat have now been identified worldwide, with about 10,000 of them in the UK – all involved in coordinating and planning the supply and distribution of drugs and weapons, money laundering and other criminal activity. Arrests are continuing across Merseyside as part of the operation

Operation Venetic Report: ‘Three Merseyside men jailed for over 40 years for #EncroChat drug crimes Alvis one of those sentenced used the encrochat handle ‘Laughingstorm’ and supplied Class A drugs using recognised criminal terminology over the encrypted messaging platform’

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Jordan Alvis, 35, of Trent Close, West Derby, (below) was sentenced to nine years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply ketamine and heroin and conspiracy to conceal criminal property.

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Christopher Dentith, 29, of College View, Huyton, (below) was sentenced to 17 years and three months years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, and possession of criminal property. He used the encrochat handle ‘Kindtailor’.

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Jordan Quinn, 31, of Valiant Close, West Derby, (below) was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and ketamine and possession of criminal property. Quinn used the encrochat handle ‘Wiredfork’ and was also attributed after revealing personal details about himself on encrochat.

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Detective Sergeant Daniel Pilling said: “We have seen three more drugs criminals put behind bars as part of national Operation Venetic, which came about after law enforcement officials in Europe managed to crack the ‘encrochat’ service being used by criminals involved in serious and organised crime to carry out their business: They have now been jailed for a number of years and thankfully unable to bring drugs and misery to families across the north west and beyond: As part of Operation Venetic, Merseyside Police has so far arrested more than 120 people, many of whom have been charged with serious drug trafficking or firearms offences. This year will see a number of these people continuing to appear before the courts, and we welcome each and every one: Our message to other people who are involved in this type of criminality is clear: expect that knock at the door sooner rather than later: Merseyside Police, along with law enforcement agencies across the world, will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those people who think they are above the law, and we will continue to target anyone involved in serious organised crime to keep this positive momentum going.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.29: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: #EncroChat & OCP Investigation: Officers have seized over £400,000 in cash that is belived linked to drug supply network #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.29: Investigators from the OCP – a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit – analysed thousands of #EncroChat messages which referenced the movement of vast sums of cocaine and money throughout the UK:

LONDON: Over £400,000 of suspected criminal cash has been seized as part of an Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) investigation into a drug supply network believed to be running their business over the encrypted comms platform #EncroChat

Image showing £400,000 of seized cash.

Yesterday (26/05/2021) officers searched two flats, one in Islington and one in Wembley, and seized over £200,000 in cash at each, some of which was packaged up and taped in block shapes.

Altjon Gjoni, 38, and Bejar Cozminca, 30, both Albanian nationals, were arrested and have since been charged with drug supply and money laundering offences.

They appeared at Highgate Magistrates Court yesterday.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.29: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Crown Court Report: Merseyside Organised Crime Partnership Investigation: A man who manufactured and distributed class A drugs from his garage has been jailed for nearly 13 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.28: He was arrested by a Merseyside OCP team – a partnership made up of officers from the National Crime Agency and Merseyside Police – on 9 April. Officers discovered a drugs laboratory in his garage which contained a drugs press and a large quantity of Class A drugs.

NCA REPORT: The OCP’s investigation into Taylor emerged from Operation #Venetic – UK law enforcement’s response to the take down of encrypted comms platform #EncroChat: Merseyside Organised Crime Partnership: Drug dealer jailed for nearly 13 years in success for new Merseyside Organised Crime Partnership: Stephen Taylor, 33, cut the drugs and organised deals from his home in Norlands Park, Cronton, Widnes: He admitted conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs and conspiracy to conceal criminal property at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday and was sentenced to 12 years and eight months.

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Taylor used an Encro phone and was known by his ‘handle’ Vilecrusher.

Designer clothing, jewellery and watches worth tens of thousands of pounds, were also recovered from the address.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Lamb said: “We have seen another significant sentencing as part of Operation Venetic, a great example of our ongoing work with partners to tackle criminals involved in serious and organised crime: Taylor was supplying large amounts of illegal drugs and generating vast profits. He now has time to reflect on the harm he’s caused: His sentence should serve as a stark warning to others involved in drug dealing that we are pursuing you, and we will bring you to justice: The Organised Crime Partnership works with our partners at home and abroad and will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of offenders who think they are above the law: The OCP was established to tackle high risk organised crime groups bringing drugs and firearms into the region and is funded by the Home Office.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.28: 2021:

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(LONDON) Kingston Crown Court Report: Organised Crime Group who planned to impersonate ‘key-workers’ to carry out ‘Class A Drug Dealers’ during the #coronavirus lockdown sentenced to 33yrs and 6-months in prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.21: Andrew Doyle, aged 35, from North End Road, Hammersmith, had a previous conviction for drugs and was identified along with three others, through messages on the platform.

Operation Venetic: Drug dealers planned to dress up like key workers to dodge lockdown restrictions: Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP), a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit, launched an investigation last year after their activities came to light through Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted messaging platform EncroChat’

Using the alias ‘Neighbourhoodhero’, Doyle was linked to messages that showed he played a leading role in buying and selling cocaine across London.

Messages in April last year showed Doyle discussing the increased risk of being stopped by police whilst lockdown restrictions were in place. 

In one message, he asks another Encro user, “Mate, do you have a high vis and stuff for the Van? And like builder clothes? We need to look official in times like this.”

Doyle was speaking with associate Derrick Canning, 50, from Linkfield Road in Isleworth, whose role was to transport the drugs.

In other messages, Doyle mentions that he has a friend working for the NHS who has an NHS pass if he is stopped and “driving through London, old bill are everywhere…pulling people.”

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Regular messages were also exchanged with mother and son duo, Catherine and Joe Roche, from Fulham. 

Using the handle ‘Diamondsareforever’ Catherine Roche, 63, mainly handled the cash side of the operation and was aided by her 29 year-old son Joe, AKA ‘Cremebrulee’ in cutting and transporting it.

Joe Roche swapped messages regularly with Doyle and joked about clapping for dealers during the height of the first lockdown.

Doyle, and his counterparts were all arrested at their homes in June last year, where nearly 50,000 MDMA pills, cash, a cash counting machine, encrypted phones and Rolex watches were seized.

Today, all four appeared at Kingston Crown Court were they were sentenced to a combined 33 and a half years in prison, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Matt McMillan, OCP Manager, said: “We believe this group distributed huge amounts of drugs across parts of London and the Home Counties: “ Evidence showed that they plotted to continue their operation during the first and strictest UK lockdown. A risk that didn’t pay off in the end: “ The trade in class A drugs fuels violence and exploitation and today’s sentences are yet another example of the NCA and Met Police working together to protect the public from this threat.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.21: 2021:

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(WARWICKSHIRE, U.K) NCA REPORT: Three people have been charged after an amphetamine lab was found near Redditch on Tuesday (27 April) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: All three are due to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court today (29 April).

Operation Venetic: ‘Three men charged after amphetamine lab found in Warwickshire used after cracking EncroChat network’

John Keets, 40, of Middle Meadow, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire; Keith Davis, 60, of Brayfield Lane, Chalfont St Giles, and Andrew Gurney, 50, of Middle Meadow Avenue, Quinton, Birmingham, were charged with various offences around the supply and production of drugs.

A 28-year-old woman and 36-year-old man – arrested at a building on the same site as the lab on Ullenhall Lane – have been bailed.

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Members of the organised crime group were believed to be running the drugs operation using the encrypted phone network EncroChat.

The NCA believes they were producing around one tonne of amphetamine per month – worth £2million at wholesale and up to £10million at street level – for distribution to criminals throughout the country.

NCA Branch Commander Peter Stevens said: “This illicit drugs lab was producing extremely large amounts of amphetamine for distribution to crime groups across the UK and into our communities, bringing with it violence, fear, and exploitation.

“The operation, which required a huge amount of planning to ensure it was conducted safely, will have had a huge impact on the organised crime groups involved, depriving them of commodity and profit.

“This work also shows the value and power of working with law enforcement agencies, including Warwickshire Police who have provided specialist resources, to take down high-harm criminals.”

ACC Alex Franklin Smith from Warwickshire Police said: “The illegal drug trade causes great harm to communities across Warwickshire and the rest of the country. We have worked closely with our colleagues in the NCA to support this operation with significant and specialist resources and are confident that the impact it will have on the organised criminal gangs involved will be huge.

“We are absolutely committed to tackling the drugs trade and protecting the people of Warwickshire from all the harms it brings. This operation once again sends out the message that this offending will not be tolerated in our county.  

“Such an operation taking place in such a quiet, rural location will no doubt have caused some concerns for people in the area. Our officers will be working with people in the local community in the coming days to provide reassurance.” 

Searches of the farm buildings are ongoing, with support from specialist teams from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.02: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL) Merseyside Police Report: Detectives have charged two men and a woman with drug conspiracy offences as part of an ongoing investigation into drug supply across England and Wales #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: Detectives have charged two men and a woman with drug conspiracy offences as part of an ongoing investigation into drug supply across England and Wales:

Operation Venetic: ‘Three more charged with drug supply conspiracy offences: More than six kilos of amphetamine, a kilo of cannabis and around £60,000 cash has been seized so far’

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‘Wood and Nelson have been remanded in custody to appear today (Tuesday 27 April) at Wirral Adult Remand Court. Gallagher has been released on conditional bail’

28-year-old Darren Nelson of Whitfield Road Walton has been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis; and conspiracy to kidnap.

57-year-old Robert Wood of Stamfordham Drive, Garston has been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

60-year-old Maureen Gallagher of Stamfordham Drive, Garston has been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

This investigation forms another part of the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic: the national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as Encrochat.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.27: 2021:

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(LONDON) Kingston Crown Court Report: Six men have appeared on Wednesday and has been charged in relation to the seizure of 450kg of MDMA hidden in an excavator that was shipped to Australia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: On 15 March last year officers at the Port of Brisbane discovered the drugs hidden in a specially adapted boom of the excavator: It had been lined with lead to mask 226 packages of MDMA concealed inside:

Operation Venetic: Six remanded over alleged Class A excavator conspiracy: ‘The men were all charged with conspiring to export Class A drugs after a joint investigation between the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through EncroChat messages’

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After being emptied of the illegal load, the excavator was delivered to its intended recipient in Sydney.

NCA investigators analysing encrypted messages obtained as part of Operation Venetic – the UK investigation into the EncroChat network – uncovered an alleged criminal conspiracy by a London-based crime group to export drugs in heavy plant machinery to Australia.

EncroChat messages sent between January and June 2020 detailed plans to purchase the excavator in the UK, hand-drawn illustrations of the concealment within the boom, costs relating to the importation and confirmation that it had been loaded onto a Vessel in Southampton on 24 January and arrived in Brisbane seven weeks later.

Yesterday (Tuesday) six men appeared at Kingston Crown Court. They were remanded to appear again on 16 April for a pre-trial hearing.

The defendants are: Danny Brown, 53, of Kings Hall Road, Bromley, Kent; Stefan Baldauf, 61, of Midhurst Road, Ealing, London; Peter Murray, 57, of Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, London; William Sartin, 59, of Timberlong Lane, Basildon, Essex; Piotr Malinowski, 37, of De’Arn Gardens, Mitcham, London, and Tony Borg, 42, of Southwark Path, Basildon, Essex.

Two men aged 33 and 42 were also charged in Australia.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.10: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Merseyside Police Report: Detectives have charged a Huyton man with drug offences following a warrant yesterday, together with a second man on Thursday 8 April #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: Officers carried out a warrant in Huyton yesterday morning, detained a man, and seized items including four kilos of suspected amphetamine, and cash: 30-year-old Samuel Lewis of Mardale Road, Huyton has now been charged with; conspiracy to supply cocaine, ketamine, cannabis; and possession with intent to supply amphetamine: He will appear at Wirral Magistrates today, Friday 9 April:

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Operation Venetic: ‘Man charged with drug offences following warrant in Huyton: The charge forms another part of the Merseyside Police response to the national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as EncroChat’

Man charged with drug conspiracy offences following activity in West Derby Village: The arrests form another part of the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic: the national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as Encrochat.

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Detective Sergeant John Molyneux said: “Although the man in question attempted to evade arrest, he was found following a thorough search. We’d like to thank other residents for their patience as our enquiries were being carried out, and these three people will now be questioned: “ If you have any information about suspected drug supply or storage where you are, please come forward directly or via Crimestoppers anonymously and we will take action.”

Update – Friday 9 April

Detectives have charged a man with drug offences following activity in West Derby Village yesterday, Thursday 8 April.

28-year-old Adam Plant of Downfield Close, West Derby Village has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis. He appeared at Wirral Adult Remand Court this morning and has been remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 7 May.

A man and a woman also arrested yesterday have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

This investigation forms another part of the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic: the national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as Encrochat.


Original release

Detectives have arrested three people on suspicion of drug supply offences following activity in West Derby Village this morning, Thursday 8 April.

Officers attended at an apartment in Downfield Close to locate a suspect who was found attempting to hide.

A 28-year-old man from West Derby, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, and possession of criminal property.

A man and woman, aged 38 and 34 respectively, were also arrested at the location on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after drugs and cash were found (pictured).

All three people have been taken to police stations for questioning.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.10: 2021:

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