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Thames Valley Police support international operation

Alert message sent 03/07/2020 11:55:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Over the past 3 months a significant operation has been conducted across the Thames Valley resulting in the seizure of over £300,000 in cash, seizure of multiple kilos of class A and class B drugs including cocaine and cannabis, as well as numerous mobile phones recovered suspected to be used in the supply of drugs & firearms.

In addition, 20 arrests were made for numerous offences including drugs supply and money laundering our investigations are continuing.  Four people have so far been charged with Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering.

Detective Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint, Head of Specialist Operations for Thames Valley Police, said: “Thames Valley Police is committed to tackling serious and organised crime and will disrupt it wherever we can.

"Our ongoing commitment through our Stronghold campaign means that we will work in partnership with the NCA and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit as well as other police forces and partner agencies to target this type of criminality and also safeguard anyone we find who has been exploited.

“We know how much Serious and Organised Crime and particularly the distribution and sale of drugs impacts on our communities and the harm it does to people across the Thames Valley.

“This joint work has been hugely successful in seizing money, drugs and firearms, disrupting drug dealing operations, but we will not stop there, we will continue to take action to stop those who seek to make a profit from crime and cause harm to our communities.”

Across the South East of England, law enforcement has been part of the biggest UK operation targeting serious and organised crime. Across the region there have been 45 arrests, the seizing of £3.1 million in criminal cash and 86 kilos in drugs

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and forces in the region have conducted a series of operations as part of the biggest UK law enforcement operation targeting serious and organised crime.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has been working in partnership with every Regional Organised Crime Unit and police force both in the UK and overseas, as part of Operation Venetic which is previously unmatched in scale in the UK.

To ensure success, details of this operation have, until now, been withheld.

UK law enforcement has made a massive breakthrough in the fight against serious and organised crime after the takedown of a bespoke encrypted global communication service used exclusively by criminals.

EncroChat offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service, but an international law enforcement team cracked the company’s encryption.

Thousands of handsets have been monitored, millions of messages have been analysed and intelligence gathered across the country and overseas has revealed the illicit activity of people using this system around the world.

Operation Venetic is the biggest and most significant operation of its kind in the UK.

This international response has allowed police intervention to mitigate a number of dangers such as threats to life, murder conspiracies and has led to a vast seizure of dangerous firearms and illicit drugs.

There has been a series of successful operations targeting prominent criminals.

In the South East, SEROCU and the police forces of Hampshire Constabulary, Surrey Police, Sussex Police and Thames Valley Police have managed to punch huge holes in the regional organised crime network by so far arresting more than 45 suspects and seizing:
Over £3.1 million in criminal cash.
More than 86 kilos of Class A and B drugs

Assistant Chief Constable Pete O’Doherty, South East Regional lead for Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime, said: “Operation Venetic, led by the National Crime Agency, has been a success due to the partnership working involved across all of policing, both in the UK and abroad.

“The operations carried out across the South East region would not have been possible without our local police forces involvement and support.

“This has not only been the biggest operation to take place in the South East but the results are deeply significant as well. Not only with the goods seized but also the disruption this will cause to serious and organised crime groups operating in our communities.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the SEROCU investigators and all the forces and officers from across the South East for their tireless work.

“These criminals may have felt untouchable, using a system they thought was under the radar of law enforcement, but this technology is now being used against them.

“A committed joint objective by law enforcement across the country will be to continue to keep one step ahead of these criminals.

“There is still work to be done and SEROCU and our partners are dedicated to pursuing those who are involved in serious and organised crime and will continue to disrupt this criminality and bring those found to be involved to justice."
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