31 people sentenced to 366 years in prison in first year after Encrochat platform taken down
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A year ago 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.
Nikki Holland, Director of Investigations at the National Crime Agency, said: “Merseyside Police, along with other UK forces, are a key partner for the NCA in our collective fight against organised crime and the misery it inflicts on our communities.
“Merseyside’s achievements during the last 12 months are really significant. We will keep working together to protect the region’s public along with the rest of the UK.”
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.
Those sentenced are: