Hundreds arrested as crime chat network is intercepted

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The UK-based National Crime Agency (NCA) says a top-secret communications system known as EncroChat used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been “successfully penetrated”, leading to the arrest of over 800 persons including Major crime figures.

Identified as the UK’s “biggest and most significant” law enforcement operation, messages from the exclusive chat system were intercepted and decoded, which led to more than two tonnes of drugs, several dozen guns and £54m in suspect cash to be seized, within three month.

An estimated 60,000 people, subscribed to the EncroChat, which operated on customised Android phones and, according to its website, but has now been taken down.

While the NCA was part of the investigation, it was initiated and led by French and Dutch police, and also involved Europol – the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation.



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