A communication system ultra-secret used by criminals for the exchange of drugs and firearms has been ” able to penetrate “, according to the National Crime Agency.
The numbers of crimes “iconic” were among the 746 arrests after the messages on EncroChat have been intercepted and decoded.
More than two tons of drugs, dozens of guns and 54 million pounds sterling in cash suspect have been seized, according to the NCA.
The NCA has worked with forces across Europe on the operation of application of the law “the largest and most important” of the United Kingdom.
The officers would have prevented people from being murdered after being monitored secretly attacks planned and death threats on the encrypted service.
The NCA argues that the operation at the european level, which lasted over three months and involved all police forces across the United Kingdom, has had the greatest impact on the gangs organized crime she had ever seen.
- The organized crime in the uk is “chronic and corrosive”
- The police arrested 13 persons concerning the greatest conspiracy of drugs in the United Kingdom
The metropolitan police commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, whose strength has made 132 arrests and seized 13.3 million pounds in cash, described it as a ” game-changer “.
She said: “This is only the beginning. We will disrupt organised criminal networks in the wake of these operations for weeks, months and perhaps years to come. “
It is estimated that 60 000 people, including 10 000 in Great Britain, subscribed to Encrochat, which works on Android phones and custom, according to its website, provides “secure communications without concern”.
But the NCA says the messaging system has been used as a “criminal market” to co-ordinate the supply of drugs of class A across the world and import of weapons, including assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, pistols, and hand grenades.
The gang would use these portable devices to plot attacks against rival groups, and plan ways to meet the liabilities related to the drug and arrange for the laundering of money.
Many of those who are arrested would be the “intermediate level” of criminal gangs, while some are described as the “Mr and Mrs Bigs’ of the underworld.
In London, the people involved in the transaction Sets, called ” Eternal “, would be members of organised crime networks “high-risk” with a long-standing relationship with the violent crime and drug trafficking.
Lady Cressida said: “These people are in business to make a lot of money. Many of them lead a lifestyle very respectable – and certainly a style of high end living in fancy houses with big cars going in … clubs and restaurants, splashing the cash sometimes, but sometimes being very discreet. ”
The Met said that in the beginning of the month, his detectives had identified a plot of a gang of international drug and weapons fire to take down a member of a network rival.
Depending on the strength, she was able to stop the shots by stopping an individual for conspiracy to murder, and seizing a loaded pistol, which would be the weapon of the crime planned.