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L’agence britannique de lutte contre le crime a annoncé ce samedi avoir saisi plus de deux tonnes de cocaïne dans un yacht intercepté au large de la côte sud de l’Angleterre.
Six hommes âgés de 24 à 49 ans – un Britannique et cinq Nicaraguayens – ont été arrêtés lors de cette opération, menée jeudi avec le soutien de la police fédérale australienne et de la police britannique des frontières, a précisé la NCA dans un communiqué.
A drug supplier who used encrypted messaging service Encrochat to sell cocaine has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, following an investigation by the joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
Under Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of the EncroChat platform – the OCP began investigating an Encrochat user named ‘Sleekyak’ who was using the service to sell cocaine.
Sleekyak boasted that they were able to facilitate the sale of 10 to 20kg of the drug per week, and also discussed the laundering of £37,000.
In total, officers uncovered 1,071 messages exchanged over a two month period between Sleekyak and 22 other users known to be involved in the class A drugs supply network. Twelve of the seventeen images they had exchanged were of what appeared to be kilo blocks of cocaine.
The OCP were able to attribute the encrypted device to Lee Broughton, 40 from Epsom. Encrochat messages from Broughton further corroborated that he was the user of the device in messages he sent to others stating it had been his birthday the previous day, which matched up with Broughton’s birthdate of 10 April.
NCA and Met officers arrested Broughton for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs and money laundering on 31 March 2021 at his girlfriend’s house in Epsom, Surrey.
Broughton had 14 previous convictions for offences committed between 1997 and 2013. These included receiving two consecutive twelve month sentences in 2003 for cocaine and MDMA supply, and 42 months in 2013 for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
When interviewed, Broughton said that the deals that he was involved in were much smaller than he had suggested and that he’d mentioned large quantities to give a false impression of importance and get a better deal.
On 30 April 2021 Broughton pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court for the supply of cocaine, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 19th August.
DCI Mark Brookes, Head of the OCP said “Disrupting organised criminals and their wider networks is a crucial part of preventing Class A drugs from reaching streets in the UK.
“Broughton is a career drug supplier who for decades has sought to profit from a trade that fuels violence, misery and destroys the fabric of society.
“He attempted to use encrypted technology to evade detection, but we in UK law enforcement are determined to prevent criminals from operating with impunity.
“This investigation is yet another example of the NCA and Metropolitan Police Service working together to protect the UK public.”
“Alessio Giovannetti went to great efforts to hide these drugs around his cab, claiming it was their bad smell that caused him to conceal his illegal haul.
“Drug runners like Giovannetti should not doubt that we are determined to catch them and bring them to justice.
“These drugs would have caused serious harm if they had reached the streets of the UK and we will continue to work with our Border Force partners to ensure criminal activity like Giovannetti’s is disrupted.”
A lorry driver has been charged following the seizure of cocaine and heroin worth £5.7 million.
Irish national 64-year-old Robert Wilkin, now living near Tilbury in Essex, was questioned by officers from the National Crime Agency after his lorry was stopped at the Coquelles Channel Tunnel terminal on 12 August.
Wilkin’s Polish-registered truck was carrying a load of Belgian chocolates, which documents showed he was due to deliver to a location in Maidstone, Kent.
But hidden in two pallets of the chocolates Border Force officers discovered tape wrapped packages.
In total 63 kilos of heroin and 32 kilos of cocaine were seized, which once cut and adulterated would have been worth more than £5.7 million at street level.
NCA officers later charged Wilkin with attempting to import class A drugs.
He appeared before Folkestone magistrates on 14 August where he was bailed to appear before Canterbury Crown Court on 13 September.
NCA Branch Commander Martin Grace said:
“This was a significant seizure of class A drugs of the type we see being distributed by violent and exploitative street gangs and county lines networks.
“Working with our law enforcement partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the organised crime groups involved in bringing these drugs to the UK.”
« Pour des raisons thérapeutiques », disent-ils… Depuis près d’un mois, le sujet du cannabis est au centre des débats au Parlement marocain. Non pour renforcer les contrôles et torpiller le trafic de cannabis, mais pour légiférer sur sa légalisation. Voilà qui va donner des « hallucinations » au voisin européen …
217 tonnes. C’est la quantité de cannabis et d’herbe, saisie par les services de la sûreté nationale et la surveillance du territoire national pendant le confinement sanitaire. 600 kg en octobre de l’année 2019, découverts, cette fois, par les gendarmeries de Narbonne et de Clermont-Ferrand. Trois mois plus tôt, 27,3 tonnes soigneusement dissimulées dans des véhicules de transport international, au port de Tanger-Med. En 2018, la Direction générale de la Sûreté nationale (DGSN) avait mis la main sur 52 tonnes de résine de cannabis. En 2017 : 700 tonnes, selon un rapport d’Etat américain sur le trafic de drogue.
Mais ce dernier rapport ne s’est pas contenté de jouer les comptables : il pointe les intérêts du Royaume dans ce trafic, insistant notamment sur les gains qu’il en a tirés en 2017 : le magot correspondrait “à 23 % du PIB marocain, soit plus de 100 milliards de dollars”. Une mine d’or pour le Maroc, mais un camouflet pour l’Europe: “principale destination de ce trafic, qui transite par l’Espagne, avant d’irriguer le Vieux Continent”, précise le rapport.
Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu
Fait curieux : les autorités marocaines laissent faire les trafiquants, tout en s’empressant à pondre des communiqués victorieux sur la baisse de cette criminalité. Pourtant, il suffit d’un détour par le nord du pays pour le constater : les champs de cannabis s’étalent sur plusieurs hectares. Sans qu’il y ait un raclement de gorge de la part des autorités. Mais chut… Le dernier qui a joué à l’enfant d’Andersen – cet enfant qui criait : “le roi est nu” -, c’est l’Office des Nation-Unies contre la drogue et le crime (ONUDC) : depuis quatorze ans, il est interdit de réaliser des enquêtes de terrain.
Car rien ne doit venir souiller “le habits neufs de l’empereur”. Au Maroc, le cannabis n’obéit pas seulement à des intérêts économiques : il est cultivé principalement dans la région frondeuse du RIF. Là-bas, c’est le trafic qui permet de nourrir de nombreux habitants. Plus de 800.000 personnes, selon ce dernier rapport des Nations Unis. La moindre intervention des gendarmes contre les trafiquants attire des milliers de manifestants dans les rues. Depuis des décennies, le Royaume s’est retrouvé devant un choix cornélien : soit les priver de cette manne et prendre le risque de raviver les tensions, soit fermer les yeux et devenir lui-même complice. Tout compte fait, il a préféré verser dans le double jeu : l’interdire sur papier, pour faire bonne figure et le tolérer dans les faits, pour “acheter” la paix sociale. Question de stabilité du trône.
C’est sûrement pour rompre avec cette tactique que le royaume alaouite a décidé de tourner la page de l’illégalité du cannabis. Sous couvert de la dernière décision des Nations Unis de retirer cette drogue de sa liste de stupéfiants, députés et ministres marocains déboulent dans les machettes, pour puiser leur science dans la littérature médicale et préparer l’opinion : le gouvernement a conscience des vertus « thérapeutiques » du cannabis … “iI faudrait au Maroc un cadre légal et réglementaire sur ce sujet, car la répression seule a montré son inefficacité. Elle est injuste dans notre contexte“… “Il serait plus rentable, en termes de santé publique, d’être plus efficace dans la lutte contre le tabagisme…”, “Aujourd’hui, nous gagnerons tous si ce débat se faisait sereinement, loin de toutes polémiques politiciennes stériles”. Effectivement, tout le monde trouvera à y gagner : le Royaume peut compter sur les trafiquants pour renflouer ses caisses ( il pourrait gagner 1 milliard par an ) et les trafiquants peuvent compter sur le Royaume pour devenir … « officiels ». C’est royal !
Les régions concernées sont connues de tous les “aficionados” de « la marocaine » : Chefchaouen, Taounate ou Al Hoceima. Là-bas, il existe différentes qualités de poudres, appelées Chira. La plus communément produite est Sandouk, cueillie dans son état brut, puis transformée en poudre par les exploitants marocains ou des opérateurs étrangers.
Dans les rues pittoresques de Chefchaouen, grand fumoir à ciel ouvert, la beuh passe de mains en mains.
Les trafiquants courent les rues étroites. Souvent la barbe et à la casquette des policiers nonchalants. La dernière tendance ? Jouer les guides touristiques à travers les champs et les ateliers de transformation de la drogue. Pour vendre leur “science” à ces touristes qui ont les euro, mais pas le savoir-faire : comment la drogue est cultivée, comment elle est transformée, comment – surtout – repartir avec un « petit lot » et passer sous les radars des douanes : “si vous voulez acheter une grande quantité, je vous montrerais comment faire passer la marchandise en Europe, sans le moindre problème”.
Les douaniers ont fait le ‘job’, pour la NCA de sa gracieuse majesté
Serhii Stoainov, chauffeur routier ukrainien, âgé de 49 ans, a été arrêté lundi soir sur le terminal français du Tunnel sous la Manche, par les douaniers, avec 36 kg de cocaïne dissimulés dans sa couchette.
El pasado miércoles 21, los investigadores de aduanas (SVA) sospecharon de un camión de mudanzas que iba a embarcar en el ferry que une Santander con Reino Unido.
La incautación se ha producido tras una investigación iniciada en el recinto aduanero del Puerto de Santander, que se ha saldado con la detención de los dos varones ingleses que transportaban la droga.
Officers from Project Invigor, the National Crime Agency-led taskforce targeting organised immigration crime, have taken part in an operation which has seen eight members of a major people smuggling network arrested in Greece.
London based property developer Richard Leahy has agreed to hand over assets worth almost £2 million to settle a civil recovery claim based on alleged involvement in cannabis cultivation, money laundering and fraud.
Vladimir Mrdak, 37 ans, qui vit en Serbie, a été arrêté lundi 12 juillet après la découverte de drogues de classe A dans la remorque d’un poids lourd transportant des bouchons de bouteilles et des rouleaux de papier.
La NCA a ouvert une enquête après que des agents des forces frontalières au terminal du tunnel sous la Manche à Coquelles, en France, aient trouvé la cocaïne dans des paquets scotchés placés dans des boîtes au-dessus des marchandises.
A Serbian lorry driver has been charged with drug smuggling offences by National Crime Agency officers after cocaine worth £3.2 million was found in a lorry heading to the UK.
Vladimir Mrdak, 37, who lives in Serbia, was arrested on Monday (12 July) after the class A drugs were found in the trailer of an HGV carrying a load of bottle tops and paper rolls.
The NCA began an investigation after Border Force officers at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, France, found the cocaine in taped packages placed in boxes on top of the goods.
After being questioned, Mrdak was charged with attempting to import cocaine, and following an appearance at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court yesterday (13 July) he was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Canterbury Crown Court on 16 August.
NCA branch commander Martin Grace said:
“This haul of cocaine would have fuelled violence and intimidation had it reached the UK.
“The seizure is a big setback for the criminal network likely to be behind this attempted importation – profits which they will not be able to invest in other criminality.
“Working alongside our law enforcement partners like Border Force, we are determined to disrupt the organised crime groups involved in drug supply and protect the public.”
Three men were arrested, Albanian nationals Andi Cani (aged 24) and Adrian Lleshaj (29) and Vietnamese national Cao Van Vu (31).
Three men have been jailed for running a huge three-floor cannabis farm in an abandoned nightclub in Coventry.
National Crime Agency officers, supported by colleagues from West Midlands Police, raided the property on Trinity Street on 15 October 2020.
They had to smash through several reinforced doors to access the interior, which they found contained around 1500 cannabis plants spread across the building’s three floors. NCA experts value the haul at over £1 million.
As well as the plants officers recovered sophisticated planting, growing and irrigation equipment, valued at around £150,000.
The electricity supply at the property had been bypassed, with the equipment inside directly and illegally connected to the commercial supply from the street outside.
Three men were arrested, Albanian nationals Andi Cani (aged 24) and Adrian Lleshaj (29) and Vietnamese national Cao Van Vu (31).
Cani and Lleshaj attempted to hide on the roof of the building as officers entered, but were captured with the assistance of West Midlands Police drone unit, who were working with the NCA.
In interviews with NCA investigators, all three men admitted having paid people smugglers to assist them in entering the UK illegally.
The trio pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug and today (29 June) a judge at Warwick Crown Court sentenced Vu to 40 months in prison, Lleshaj to 35 months, and Cani to 28 months.
All three will face deportation after serving their jail terms
NCA Branch Commander Mick Pope said: “These men were involved in producing cannabis on an industrial scale. It is certainly the largest and most sophisticated cannabis factory ever found by the NCA. “They were responsible for maintaining and storing drugs and equipment worth over a million pounds, which shows the wider criminal network behind this operation clearly trusted them. “The takedown of this facility will have had a huge impact on the wider organised crime group, depriving them of potentially millions of pounds in profit, which would have been used to fund further criminality and exploitation.
Three people have been arrested by the National Crime Agency as part of a major international investigation into the exportation of cocaine from the UK to Australia.
A woman aged 56 and a man aged 32 were detained by NCA officers at an address in Hanwell, west London on Monday 21 June. Meanwhile at the same time a 31-year-old woman was arrested at a location in Hounslow.
All three were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to export class A drugs, fraud and breaches of the Aviation Security Act.
At the address in Hanwell gold bullion thought to be worth in excess of £250,000 was also seized, along with keys to a safety deposit box containing £60,000 in cash.
The trio were questioned and released under investigation the next day.
The arrests followed a seizure of around 500 kilos of cocaine at Sydney Airport on 15 May.
Australian Border Force officers found the drugs concealed in a consignment described as ‘lift and tailgate parts’ which had been shipped from Heathrow using a UK freight agent.
They estimate the drugs would have had a potential street value of around £84 million.
New South Wales Police Force Organised Crime Squad detectives subsequently arrested three people in connection with their investigation into the importation on 18 May.
NCA investigators have been able to identify a number of other similar shipments made from the UK to Australia using a similar method. These are now under investigation.
NCA Branch Commander Andy Noyes said: “Our investigation is looking at a sophisticated network of criminals able to smuggle large quantities of class A drugs across the globe via air freight.
“Some of those involved appeared to have insider knowledge of freight systems which they exploited. Protecting the safety and security of the UK is a priority for us.
“Working through our overseas network with our partners in Australia and at home in the UK we are determined to do all we can to track down those involved, and our investigation will continue.”
Mark Bishop, Head of Asia Pacific region for NCA International, added: “I’m grateful for the continued cooperation and support of Australian Border Force and the New South Wales Police Force on this investigation.
“This partnership is vital to tackle international serious and organised crime affecting both our countries.”
Five British men have been arrested after a tonne of cocaine was discovered on a yacht sailing from the Caribbean to Europe.
Three crew members – aged 46, 70 and 29 – were arrested when their vessel SY Windwhisper was interdicted in the mid-Atlantic by the Spanish Customs Service on the 13 June 2021, as part of a joint investigation between the National Crime Agency and the Spanish National Police.
Two other men linked to the vessel – aged 38 and 41 – were also arrested by Spanish officers in the Costa del Sol.
All five have been remanded in custody on drugs trafficking offences.
The arrests are linked to an ongoing investigation into international drug trafficking that has so far resulted in the arrest of a number of individuals in Spain, and the seizure of 1.6 tonnes of hashish, 45,000 Euros and four sailing vessels.
The British head of the OCG – a former Royal Navy officer living in Sottogrande in Southern Spain – was among those previously arrested.
Known to law enforcement agencies for his links to organised crime groups in the UK and Ukraine, officers believe he trained the crew and ran several companies engaged in buying, selling and renting sailing vessels that were subsequently used to conduct drugs transportations.
Dave Hucker, Head of European Operations for NCA International said: “This is a huge haul of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than £80million. I have no doubt the drugs on board were destined for the streets of the UK, so this seizure is a significant result.
“We know that the criminal trade in drugs is driven by financial gain, and the loss of the profit that would have been made from these drugs will have a major impact on the crime groups involved.
“We continue to work with our international law enforcement partners to identify those responsible for supplying class A drugs to the UK, and will do all we can to disrupt their supply chains”.
Over the last 12 months, the NCA has been involved in the seizure, forfeiting or restraining more than £112m and 145 tonnes of drugs globally.
The 37-year old was stopped at the Port of Dover by Border Force officers on the 5th May 2021 after National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators shared intelligence that the lorry may have drugs on board.
Border Force officers conducted a search of the lorry and discovered the drugs.
A Receita Federal localizou 354,5 kg de cocaína escondidos em um contêiner com carga de papel para exportação. O Fisco relata que a carga de papel tinha como destino final a Grã-Bretanha, mas faria baldeação no Porto de Antuérpia, na Bélgica.
Over £400,000 of suspected criminal cash has been seized in London as part of an Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) investigation into a drug supply network believed to be running their business over the encrypted comms platform EncroChat.