#AceNewsReport – May.11: Moogan had been on the run since a raid that took place at a café in Rotterdam suspected of being used as a front for meetings between drug traffickers and cartels, and central to a plot to bring hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the UK every week:
NCA WANTED REPORT: One of the most wanted fugitives detained following Dubai Police operation: Michael Paul Moogan, 35, from Croxteth, Liverpool, who featured as part of the Operation Captura most wanted fugitives campaign, was apprehended on 21 April as a result of joint working between Dubai Police and the NCA.
For operational reasons details can only be revealed now.
Working with the Dutch National Crime Squad, the NCA became aware of information that linked Moogan and two other British men to the Café de Ketel – a business not open to the public that could only be entered via a security system.NCA officers suspected that Moogan and his associates were involved in plans to import drugs from Latin America to the EU
At the time of the raid, only one of the men, Robert Hamilton, 71, from Manchester, could be found. He was jailed for eight years in 2014 after pleading guilty to drug charges.
The other man, Robert Gerard, 57, from Liverpool, handed himself in to the NCA after three years on the run claiming the pressure was too much. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and was jailed in 2017 for 14 years.
Moogan is the 86th person arrested under Operation Captura – an NCA fugitive campaign run in conjunction with Crimestoppers.
NCA officers established Moogan was using numerous false identities to avoid capture.
Dubai Police believe that after entering the UAE using a different identity, he tried to avoid CCTV in an attempt to elude detectives. Utilising the latest capabilities, including the Criminal Data Analysis Centre, they were able to track him down.
NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland said: “This arrest is the result of years of investigation involving a range of law enforcement partners in the UK, Europe and Middle East: “ We are extremely grateful to those partners for their assistance in ensuring Moogan now faces justice and particularly thank the Dubai Police for their efforts to track him down. He will be returned to the United Kingdom to face trial: “ This case should serve as a warning to others on the run from the NCA – we have a global reach, we never give up and they can never rest easy.”
NCA Director General (Operations) Steve Rodhouse added: “The arrest of Moogan further reflects great co-operation between the Dubai Police and the NCA: “ I’d like to commend their work, in particular detectives from the General Department of Criminal Investigation in Dubai, who showed exceptional professionalism and were able to use all the techniques at their disposal to locate him and carry out this operation.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: Officers have arrested four teenagers on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Huyton on Monday night, 19th April.
Four arrested on suspicion of murder following death of man in Huyton: ‘The teenagers, two males aged 15, one male aged 14 and a 15 year-old female, are currently in custody where they will be questioned by detectives’
The victim has now been identified as 23 year-old Connor Dockerty from the Litherland area.
His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
A post mortem revealed he died from multiple stab wounds.
An investigation is ongoing and detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone who has any information to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Siobhan Gainer said: “We are continuing to appeal for the public’s help and I want to appeal directly to anyone who was on Kingsway at the time this incident happened to contact us. If you have CCTV, dashcam or video/mobile footage from the Kingsway or Liverpool Road area at around 8pm on Monday night, please get in touch.”
Anyone who would like to upload footage from last night to help with our investigation can use our Major Incident Portal by clicking on ‘Merseyside Police’ and the ‘Kingsway murder Huyton’ icon. They can also message us in confidence via the portal: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)
Anyone with information can also DM @MerPolCC on Twitter, call 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1004 of 19 April.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: At around 9.30am, emergency services were called to Falkner Square to reports of a man in his 40s having fallen from a building: He has been taken to hospital and his condition is described as critical but stable:
Appeal for witnesses after incident in Falkner Square, Toxteth: ‘Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man fell from a building in Toxteth this morning, Saturday 17 April & forensic and witness enquiries are being carried out, and police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident’
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Hurst said: “We are working to establish the exact circumstances of this incident and I would appeal directly to anyone who was in the area and has information, CCTV or dashcam footage to get in touch as soon as possible.”
If you witnessed the incident you can direct message @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 quoting reference 280 of 17/04 or contact @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: Emergency services attended and both victims have been taken to hospital for their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening:
Merc Police Officers have arrested a female following stabbing in Old Swan: ‘At around 3.15pm, police received a report that a male and female had been stabbed in the chest and back on Southgate Road’
A 21-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to a police station for questioning.
A knife has also been recovered by officers.
Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and police remain in the area to speak to witnesses and carry out forensic and CCTV enquiries.
Chief Inspector Stephen Hardy said: “While we have made one arrest, we are still in the very early stages of an investigation into the stabbing of two people on Southgate Road this afternoon: “ We understand this will be a shocking incident for the local community. Patrols will remain in the area this evening to gather information and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or has CCTV or dashcam footage, to please contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, with reference 21000236786 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.14: A 34-year-old man from Haydock was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and possession of offensive weapons: He has been taken to a police station for questioning:
Merc Officers have arrested a man and seized weapons following stop & search of vehicle in St Helens: ‘At around 8.50pm, on Monday night officers sighted a Vauxhall Astra being driven at excess speed on Hard Lane: The car stopped on Windleshore Road and the driver and vehicle were searched’
A number of items were seized, including knives which the driver could not account for. He was detained and the items were seized:
Inspector Rob Budden said: “This was a smart bit of police work which has removed a potentially dangerous driver from the roads. If you suspect that anyone is driving impaired by drink or drugs, please report them. The alternative could be catastrophic for other road users and pedestrians. Likewise, if you are in possession or storing any suspected weapons without good reason, we will deal with it accordingly.”
You can contact us via our social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook. You can also contact 999 if a crime is in progress, or pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.
#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:
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.
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.
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.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.20: He has been remanded in custody until Friday 16 April when he will appear at Liverpool Crown Court:
Op Venetic: Wirral man charged with drug offences: Daniel Wilson, 33, of Silverbeech Road, Poulton was charged with eight counts of Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B Drugs and one count of Conspiracy to Conceal/Disguise/Convert/Transfer/Remove Criminal Property using #EncroChat
The charges are part of a national investigation into the supply of cocaine, and forms part of the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic: a national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as #EncroChat.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.13: Thomas Brabbins, 28, of Cherry Tree Road, Huyton, was sentenced to seven years six months at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 11 March).
Operation Venetic Report: ‘Fifth man jailed after criminal encrochat service cracked: Brabbins used the Encrochat handle ‘coastalsummer’ to manufacture and distribute large quantities of cocaine and cannabis from his Huyton home’
He pleaded guilty to:
• Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs – Cocaine • Conspiracy to Supply Class B Drugs – Cannabis • Possession of Class B Drugs With Intent to Supply – Cannabis • Possession of Criminal Property – Cash & Watches • Possession of Criminal Property – Cash • Possession of Class B Drugs – Cannabis
On Sunday 14 June, officers executed a Misuse of Drugs Act Warrant and found cash totalling more than £30,000 and two Rolex watches valued at more than £10,000 at Brabbins’ home address. He was arrested, interviewed and later released under investigation.
On Thursday 12 November, Brabbins was seen to be acting suspiciously when officers stopped a car he was travelling on Brodie Avenue. He was found to be in possession of three mobile phones and more than £2,000 in cash. He was subsequently arrested and later charged.
A total of five Merseyside men have been jailed this year after the operation, which has involved European law enforcement agencies working with the NCA and supported across the UK by police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units.
The operation 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. Arrests are continuing on Merseyside as part of this 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.
Detective Sergeant Anthony Meakins said: “The sentencing yesterday shows just how seriously police and the courts take those organised criminals who supply drugs across Merseyside and beyond: Thomas Brabbins 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: “ Brabbins thought that by using encrypted devices he could evade justice. He was wrong, and he won’t be last to realise this: “ As part of Operation Venetic, Merseyside Police has so far arrested more than 70 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: “ 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: “ Merseyside and many areas of the UK are safer thanks to this operation, and we will continue to target anyone involved in serious organised crime to keep this positive momentum going.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.13: Both men have been remanded into custody ahead of an appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 12 March 2021).
Two men have been charged with a range of drug and firearm offences: ‘Nathan Loftus (19/04/1983) of Wilton Drive, Bury’
•Two counts of conspiring to import a class A controlled drug •One count of conspiring to import a class B controlled drug •Two counts of conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug •Conspiring to supply a class B controlled drug •Participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group •Concealing criminal property •Conspiring to sell/transfer a prohibited weapon/ammunition •Selling/transferring a prohibited weapon/ammunition
Sean Doyle (17/04/1991) of Wavertree Road, Blackley has been charged with:
•Possession of criminal property •Two counts of conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug •Conspiring to supply a class B controlled drug
At around 6am on Thursday 11 March officers executed warrants in Heywood, Hollins and Blackley as part of Operation Foam.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of a range of drug, firearm and laundering offences. A large quantity of cash and other property were also seized.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.13: The warrants were carried out as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected child criminal exploitation and drug dealing in the North West:
Fourth person charged following county lines warrants: ‘Detectives have charged a fourth person following County Lines warrants in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire on Tuesday 23 February’
Kieran Gaughan, 26 years, of no fixed address was arrested yesterday (Thursday 11 March) and has now been charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation; being concerning in the supply of cocaine; being concerned in supply of heroin; being concerned in the supply of a Class B controlled drug (cannabis); supplying a Class A controlled drug (crack cocaine); supplying a Class A controlled drug (heroin); affray; possession of a knife/blade/sharp pointed article in a public place; and actual bodily harm.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court today (Friday 12 March).
The following three people were charged on 24 February and appeared in court on 25 February.
• Daniel Clarke, 24 years, of Flers Avenue, Latchford, Warrington, Cheshire was charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation • Louise Hilton, 46 years, of Yarrow Road, Chorley, Lancashire was charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine; being concerned in the supply of heroin; and arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation • Emily Norman, 20 years, of Festival Avenue, Orford, Warrington, Cheshire was charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation