(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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(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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(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’

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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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