(LONDON) Kingston Crown Court Report: Two men who headed up an international criminal network responsible for laundering £70 million, £10m of which came from fraudulent Bounce Back Loans, have been jailed for a total of 33 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.28: Their sentences are believed to be some of the largest ever handed down for money laundering in the UK: The OCP’s investigation began in October 2017 when surveillance officers watched Auriel Zylyfi place a large bag of cash in an Audi at a money counting house in North West London.

#AceDailyNews NCA/MET Court Report: International fraudsters ran £70-million money laundering scheme: Artem Terzyan, 38, from Russia and Deivis Grochiatskij, 44, from Lithuania, were the focus of a four-year investigation by the Organised Crime Partnership – a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service unit.

Individuals in question facing forwards

A month later another man, Artur Terziu, was seen handing over £40,000 to Zylyfi in the underground carpark of his flat in Hazlemere Court, Hendon. Both men were arrested and each sentenced to a year in prison.

OCP officers searched Zylyfi’s flat and seized a ledger detailing money laundering transactions in excess of £7m over a four-month period.

Over the next seven months the same Audi travelled extensively around the UK, stopping briefly at lorry parks and service stations to collect cash before returning to London.

It was regularly driven to Munning House in Docklands, East London, where Terzyan and Grochiatskij both lived in flats next door to each other. On multiple occasions, OCP officers watched as large bags of cash were carried from the car and into Munning House.

Both men were also seen, along with other members of their criminal network, opening bank accounts in banks across London in the names of the various fake companies they had set up, then depositing tens of thousands of pounds into those accounts at a time.

The money would be sent from one shell company to another in a complex web of transfers, before it was sent out to international accounts held in countries including Germany, Czech Republic, U.A.E, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

On 26 June 2018, OCP officers arrested Terzyan and Grochiatskij at Munning House and searched both of their flats.

They seized multiple hand-written ledgers with Terzyan’s finger prints on, which detailed the vast sums of cash being laundered. Also recovered from his flat was an encrypted phone, bank cards and account details of the fake companies they had set up.

Grochiatskij’s computer was seized from his flat. On it, officers found details of the bank accounts the pair used for laundering and various incriminating photos of their associates handling cash in Grochiatskij’s living room.

Another photo showed a safe containing a huge pile of cash. In the same photo was a notepad which had the address of a business unit at close by Waterfront Studios on Dock Road.

Investigators recovered CCTV footage which showed the two men delivering the safe to the unit on 23 February 2018. However, when it was searched 8 months later, the money had already been removed. 

Measurement of the safe’s dimensions showed that the amount of cash seen in the photo could have been up to £3m.

A financial investigator analysed hundreds of bank accounts controlled by Terzyan and Grochiatskij and was able to evidence that the men had laundered a total of £36m in 2017-2018, with £16m of that coming from cash deposits.

While on bail, the pair began to exploit the Government’s Covid-19 support scheme by claiming fraudulent Bounce Back Loans (BBL) for the various shell companies they had set up.

They claimed up to £50,000 a time, generating over £10m in total. £3.2m of that was claimed from one UK bank alone.

On top of this, they continued to launder criminal cash using the same method as before. Between June 2018 and November 2020, when the pair were arrested again, they laundered a further £34m including the £10m they generated from the BBLs.

Terzyan and Grochiatskij were each charged with two counts of money laundering, for which they were found guilty following a seven-week trial in September 2021.

Earlier this month at Kingston Crown Court, Terzyan was sentenced  to 17 years in prison and Grochiatskij to 16 years.

Details can only now be released following the lifting of report restrictions that were previously in place.

On sentencing the two men, HHJ Shetty noted that their exploitation of the BBL scheme played a part in “undermining the Government and financial institutions” and that the “the British taxpayer will be staggered and upset that part of their hard-earned tax contributions was going into the pockets of criminals.”

Andy Tickner, from the Organised Crime Partnership, said: “This was a painstaking and complex investigation in which the team analysed reams of financial data and transactions.

“Ultimately the case proved that these two had built a sophisticated, large-scale money laundering system which saw them transfer £70m worth of criminal cash out of the UK.

“They did so by setting up hundreds of bogus companies and utilising an international network of criminals under their control.

“To top it off, they stole over £10m from British taxpayers in what is believed to be one of the largest Bounce Back Loan frauds since the scheme was introduced in 2020.

“These men and their network played a vital role in enabling other criminals to conceal and access their illicit earnings. The removal of this service will have been a massive blow to organised criminals in the UK and globally.”

The financial investigation into the two men remains ongoing. So far, the OCP has obtained freezing orders on four bank accounts which contained around £180,000 in total. Of this, £17,000.00 has been forfeited, as it was assessed to be recoverable property.

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

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(LONDON) Basildon Crown Court Report: Two members of an organised crime group selling cocaine in Essex have been jailed for 18 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.01: On 19 November, Russo and Tilbury pleaded guilty to drug offences at Basildon Crown Court.

#AceDailyNews Operation #Venetic Court Report: An organised crime group has been jailed for #Encrochat cocaine plan: Scott Russo and Jack Tilbury, both from Essex, were arrested in December last year after an investigation by the joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).

Cocaine collected from Kent lorry

CASE NOTES:

Officers used data from Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of the Encrochat platform, to uncover their discussions of buying, collecting and selling cocaine.

Russo, 31, used the handle ‘sizeablehunter’ and bought a van with Tilbury which contained a hidden compartment to hold up to 30 kilos of cocaine.

Messages showed Tilbury, 26, known as Tubbs, was sent to collect eight kilos of cocaine from a lorry parked in a layby in Snodland, Kent on 11 June 2020.

After this, the pair started to deal cocaine more regularly in the local area and in larger amounts.

OCP officers arrested Tilbury at his home in Essex on 2 December 2020. Two kilos of cocaine were found underneath a cot in Tilbury’s bedroom, alongside smaller amounts prepared for sale, scales and plastic bags.

Russo went on the run but was tracked down and arrested at a hotel in Southend on 10 December. He was found with more than £2,000 in cash.

Andrew Tickner from the Organised Crime Partnership said:

They were sentenced to 9.5 years and 8.5 years respectively today (26 November).

“This investigation has resulted in a crime group supplying significant amounts of class A drugs to the streets of Essex has been wiped out.

“If this criminal enterprise had continued, Russo and Tilbury would have been generating vast profits which would have been used to further fund their criminality.

“This is yet another example of the NCA and Met Police working together to protect the public.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Dec.01: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL,U.K.) Magistrates Court Report: Two men have been charged as part of a drugs investigation by the Merseyside Organised Crime Partnership #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.12: The suspects and two other people were arrested on Tuesday night at four addresses in Wavertree and Knotty Ash, in Liverpool, and Wallasey, the Wirral, as part of an investigation into the supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

#AceDailyNews Court Report: #OperationVenetic: Two charged in specialist organised crime team drugs investigation

Merseyside OCP

The investigation was part of Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted comms platform #EncroChat.

CASE NOTES:

Significant quantities of suspected heroin, cocaine and cannabis were seized and taken for forensic testing. High value goods were also recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act: Last night Richard Weild, aged 37, of Mount Pleasant Road, Wallasey, was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis and also possession of criminal property: John Morris, aged 49, of Dalemeadow Road, Knotty Ash, was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis. The men will appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court today: A 38-year-old woman from Wallasey and a 66-year-old man from Knotty Ash were released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Lamb of the Merseyside OCP – which comprises Merseyside Police and National Crime Agency officers – said: “Class A drugs cause mayhem and misery: The OCP has removed a significant amount of drugs with this operation and stopped their profits being ploughed back into further offending: Fighting the Class A drugs threat is a key priority for the OCP in its mission to protect the public.”……………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: Nov.13: 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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(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: #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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(LONDON) Wood Green Court Report: OCP/National Crime Agency & Metropolitan Police Service Report: Albanian drug suppliers have been jailed for 9 years following an investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.21: Officers followed the vehicle for a distance, before moving in to detain and then search it: Using a crowbar, they accessed a special compartment concealed within the rear seats, which was found to contain the plastic bag. Inside it was a kilogram of cocaine:

LONDON: Drug dealers’ cocaine conspiracy dashed by cam footage: On 01 April 2021, OCP officers watched as Sokol Ajazi, 36, of Hampden Square, Southgate. carried a large plastic bag into a Mercedes driven by Eduart Hadjini, 38, on Riverway N13, Enfield, Hadjini, of Openshaw Road, Abbey Wood, admitted that the hide was usually only accessible by turning the engine on and pressing a series of buttons’

Both were arrested on suspicion of supplying class ‘A’ drugs with Hadjini further arrested in relation to an exchange of 2 kilos of cocaine that officers had observed the previous month. Thomas Scarrett, 28 from Bristol was arrested during this exchange, and sentenced to 6 years for drug supply offences on 13 April.

Investigators then searched Ajazi’s vehicle, which was parked a short walk away, finding another half kilogram of cocaine and £2000 in cash.

Footage recovered from Ajazi’s dash cam showed that he had collected the plastic bag from a garage in Mintern Close, Enfield, earlier on the day that he was caught passing it to Hadjini.

Officers searched the garage, seizing 3 kilos more of cocaine. The combined 4.5kg of the drug recovered during the OCP operation could have fetched  £360,000 if sold on UK streets.

Both were charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and remanded in custody. They later pleaded guilty on 02 April.

Hadjini and Ajazi appeared at Wood Green Crown Court yesterday, 19 May, where they were sentenced to 3 years 10 months and 5 years 2 months respectively. 

Matt McMillan OCP Operations Manager said “These men were seeking to make money through the cocaine trade, which directly drives violence and intimidation in London and around the country: The OCP works continuously to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs and hold those behind it to account. We are determined to keep people safe from criminality that brings fear to our communities.”

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

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Two men have been charged after a loaded gun, ammunition, £60,000 in cash and cocaine was seized at a flat in Brent Cross, North West London #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.10: Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership – a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit – raided the property on Claremont Road yesterday (7 May 2021).

NCA/MET REPORT: ‘Loaded pistol, ammo and cash seized in North London: During the search they seized over 100 wraps of cocaine, scales and other drug dealing paraphernalia, along with the £60,000 of suspected criminal cash: Officers found the gun, a Retay 17 self-loading pistol, hidden in a laundry basket with three rounds of ammunition loaded in the magazine. A further four rounds of ammunition were also recovered’

Errison Hasaj, 21, and Bledar Kuraj, 23, both Albanian nationals, were arrested and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.

They are due to appear at Willesden Magistrates Court today (8 May).

Matt McMillan, from the Organised Crime Partnership, said: “This operation illustrates the point that drugs and violence are intrinsically linked.
“ The fact that the firearm seized was viable and ready loaded meant it presented a significant danger to the public, which has now been mitigated: “ Through this partnership, the NCA and the Met remain committed to stemming the supply of illegal drugs and firearms into London, and protecting the public from harm.”

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

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Two men have been charged after a loaded gun, ammunition, £60,000 in cash and cocaine was seized at a flat in Brent Cross, North West London #AceNewsDesk report

NCA/MET Report: ‘Loaded pistol, ammo and cash seized in North London: Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership – a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit – raided the property on Claremont Road yesterday (7 May 2021)’

During the search they seized over 100 wraps of cocaine, scales and other drug dealing paraphernalia, along with the £60,000 of suspected criminal cash.

Officers found the gun, a Retay 17 self-loading pistol, hidden in a laundry basket with three rounds of ammunition loaded in the magazine. A further four rounds of ammunition were also recovered.

Errison Hasaj, 21, and Bledar Kuraj, 23, both Albanian nationals, were arrested and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.

They are due to appear at Willesden Magistrates Court today (8 May).

Matt McMillan, from the Organised Crime Partnership, said: “This operation illustrates the point that drugs and violence are intrinsically linked.

“The fact that the firearm seized was viable and ready loaded meant it presented a significant danger to the public, which has now been mitigated.

“Through this partnership, the NCA and the Met remain committed to stemming the supply of illegal drugs and firearms into London, and protecting the public from harm.”

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

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Together with Investigators from the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) & Metropolitan Police Service unit – they raided the flat in Helena Square on Thursday (04/03/2021), where they seized the suspected criminal cash and the drugs, which were hidden in various places in one of the bedrooms #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.07: The cocaine would be worth an estimated £1.6 million if sold on the streets of London: Vidiol Muratas and Fatjon Nakaj, both Albanian nationals aged 43 and 31, were arrested at the property and have since been charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs:

‘Two charged after £1.6m worth of cocaine and cash found in London flat: Two men have been arrested following the seizure of 20kg of cocaine and £25,000 in cash at a flat in Rotherhithe, South East London’

Drugs in bag

They appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court yesterday and were remanded in custody.

Matt McMillan from the Organised Crime Partnership said:

“We take the threat from the criminal networks involved in class A drug supply extremely seriously.

“Under the Organised Crime Partnership, the NCA and Met Police are particularly focused on disrupting the flow of illegal drugs through London and the serious violence associated with this criminality.”

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

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