(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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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Suspected members of an organised crime group responsible for selling vast quantities of MDMA on the dark web have been targeted in raids across the North East and Surrey #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.07: The National Crime Agency launched an investigation last summer after parcels of MDMA destined for addressed across the world were intercepted:

Operation Venetic Report: Global dark web drug network dismantled: ‘Analysis of messages shared on EncroChat – the encrypted messaging platform brought that enabled officers to identify individuals believed to be involved in supplying the drugs and laundering money using cryptocurrency’

A total of 90 kilos of MDMA, 134 kilos of Amphetamine and more than 6000 Diazepam/alprazolam tablets, with a combined street value of £4.3 million, have been recovered during the investigation.

Two men, aged 24 and 31, were arrested today at addresses in South Shields and Hebburn respectively, on suspicion of importing and supplying Class A, B and C drugs. They remain in custody for questioning. An address in Epsom, London, was also searched, along with other addresses in South Sheilds.

Officers seized mobile phones, computers and drug packaging paraphernalia. 

The NCA were supported by officers from US Homeland Security Investigations, North East Special Operations Unit (NERSOU), Northumbria Police and Surrey Police.

NCA Operations Manager Martin Clarke said: “This action against an organised crime group supplying drugs via the dark web has dismantled a well-established operation: “ We have worked closely with partners in the US to target the individuals involved, who are ultimately preying on the vulnerable and destroying communities: “ This investigation shows that those who try to use the dark web and encrypted communication devices to anonymously commit crimes can be identified: “ There are two people from South Shields we are still seeking, who we believe are overseas. They know they are wanted, and I would encourage them to hand themselves in.”

US Homeland Security Investigations Attaché Eric Felman said: “One of our top priorities as an agency is to disrupt and dismantle international narcotic smuggling activities at home and around the globe: “The strong partnership between Homeland Security Investigations and the National Crime Agency continues to produce positive results in combatting organised international crime affecting both of our countries.”

Officers discovered the drugs were being imported from the Netherlands to the UK and then sold on the dark web under four handles – HundredsUK, Hundredsandthousands, Sundaefundae, and 100and1000s.

Packages containing MDMA, which were intercepted by NCA and Border Force officers in June and July last year, were destined for addresses in the UK, America, Israel, Norway, Thailand, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

One crime group member, Mubinar Rahman, aged 25, from South Shields, who was arrested last July and admitted posting over 100 packages, is due to be sentenced on 21 April at Newcastle Crown Court.

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

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GM Police Report: Two men have been arrested on Thursday March 25th 2021: in an ongoing operation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.30: National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators arrested Braheem Abdullah, 38, in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on Wednesday (24/03/2021) and a 41-year-old man at Central Park Police Station, north Manchester, on Thursday (25/03/2021)

Operation Venetic: ‘Two arrested following £1.6m Manchester cocaine seizure: ‘Two men have been arrested after cocaine worth £1.6m was seized in Manchester as part of Operation Venetic investigation into EncroChat’

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5 packages of wrapped cocaine

Abdullah (also known as Dwaine George) of Mariman Drive, Manchester, was subsequently charged with conspiracy to import Class A drugs. He was remanded in custody until his appearance at Manchester City Crown Court on 22 April.

The other man was arrested for breach of bail, and further interviewed in relation to the offence he was on bail for – suspicion of importation of Class A drugs. He was bailed pending further inquiries.

Officers seized the high-value cocaine at a joiners yard in Wade Street, north East Manchester in April last year through Operation Venetic – the UK-wide law enforcement response that helped bring down encrypted messaging platform Encrochat.

NCA operations manager Ian McConnell said: “The actions of our officers in seizing this cocaine deprived criminal groups of a significant amount of profit: “ This week’s arrests are yet another example of our efforts to apprehend individuals suspected of profiting from drug trafficking.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.30: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Merseyside Police Report: Officers have charged a Wirral man with drug offences on Friday 19th March 2021: #AceNewsDesk report

#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

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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.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.20: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Officer arrested six of the group at addresses across Merseyside, supported by Merseyside Police, a seventh in Glasgow assisted by Police Scotland and the eighth was produced from prison.

#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: Analysis of messages acquired as part of Operation Venetic – an investigation into the encrypted messaging platform EncroChat – supported the investigation.

Operation Venetic: Eight arrested in connection with industrial scale Amphetamine production plot: ‘Members of a suspected criminal group accused of trafficking heroin and producing amphetamine worth millions of pounds have been arrested today as part of an investigation linked through EncroChat’

Officers believe they were planning to produce large quantities of amphetamine at a location in Scotland, as well as trafficking heroin from Scotland to Merseyside: The group, aged between 34 and 66, remain in custody: On 4 December 2020, as part of the same investigation, more than 620kg of APAA – a substance used in the manufacture of amphetamine – was seized and two men arrested after arriving on a flight from Turkey: Both were later released under investigation.

Ian McConnell, NCA Operations Manager, said: “Producing amphetamine on an industrial scale would have devastating consequences for the community – drug trafficking thrives on inciting violence, spreading fear and exploiting vulnerable children and adults for criminal gain: “ Today’s action has led to the arrest of eight suspected members of an organised crime group and will continue to target those at the top of the drug market chain, to make their businesses unviable and keep people safe.”

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#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.17: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Court Report: Officers have welcomed the sentencing of a 28-year-old man who is the latest to be jailed in connection with an international operation targeting criminals who used a mobile encryption service to try to evade detection #AceNewsDesk report

#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

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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.”

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#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.13: 2021:

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