A further seven people have been sentenced following a police investigation into a number of conspiracies to supply industrial amounts of class A drugs across the UK.
A total of 39 people have now been brought before the court following the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) investigation, which was launched in April 2020 after the encrypted chat platform ‘Encrochat’ was dismantled as part of a huge international law enforcement operation.
A large number of those who have been sentenced used the encrypted chat platform to organise and facilitate the supply of multiple kilos of cocaine and heroin, primarily between January and September 2020.
Data recovered from the platform was used by officers to mount a successful prosecution highlighting the vast scale of the offending, stretching the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and across international boundaries.
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