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UK News Police seize £12million haul of coke, heroin and guns in sting linked to Lyons crime gang

07:50  05 july  2020
07:50  05 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a man standing in front of a fence: Gang boss Steven Lyons lives in Dubai following failed murder bid © Spindrift Gang boss Steven Lyons lives in Dubai following failed murder bid

An organised crime sting resulted in £12million of drugs and guns linked to the Lyons crime clan being seized in just two weeks.

Police intercepted more than 100kilos of cocaine, heroin, firearms and ammunition in a series of raids after an encrypted phone network was cracked.

Officers also busted a safehouse being used to stash dirty money they believe belonged to the group after law enforcement managed to hack into the military-grade communications system.

Detectives say the seizures have punched a massive hole in the gang’s criminal operation, believed to be the biggest in Scotland.

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Money seized by the Metropolitan Police is paid to the Home Office, which returns a percentage to the force. This includes £ 1.5 million in drugs money, £ 800,000 linked to a Chinese organised crime gang and £ 840,000 linked to a fraud using stolen credit Seizure totals. 2011/12 - £ 57.9 million.

Cops foiled an international crime web seizing £ 54million cash, 77 firearms and two tonnes of drugs after police cracked the network in what was described More than 700 people have been arrested so far, including police officers and law enforcement officials, and drugs worth £ 80 million, 77 guns and

It comes after agents in France and the Netherlands managed to breach security used to protect EncroChat – a Dutch-based encrypted phone network used by 10,000 criminals in the United Kingdom.

a group of people standing around a table: Operation Venetic recovered a huge haul of drugs, cash and firearms © Jamie Williamson Operation Venetic recovered a huge haul of drugs, cash and firearms

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and British police forces, including Police Scotland, were able to access messages sent between gang members – giving them unprecedented access to their plans to flood the country with Class A drugs, weapons and carry out attacks on rivals.

Over a period of just 14 days, officers seized 124kilos of cocaine and 1.4kilos of heroin – with an estimated street value of £12million – they believe was being trafficked north of the Border by the Lyons gang.

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A record £ 375 million haul of cocaine bound for London was seized by the Met Police . The capture – believed to be the biggest ever by the force – took Officers from the Met ’s Serious and Organised Crime Command had been working on the sting with authorities in Spain for 12 months.

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They also recovered almost £3million in cash and firearms during the crackdown, codenamed Venetic. On May 17, following searches of property in Glasgow and Clydebank, around £2million was found. Two men aged 50 and 54 were arrested and charged.

Two days later, officers stopped a car and a van on the A74 near Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, and recovered 59kilos of cocaine and £750,000 in cash. Three men, aged 38, 41 and 56, were charged and appeared at court.

On May 28, 65kilos of the drug was recovered from an lorry at Hamilton Services. A 53-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with the seizure and appeared in court.

a person wearing a helmet: Cops carried out a series of raids as part of the sting © Daily Record Cops carried out a series of raids as part of the sting

Then on June 1, officers searched a house in Larkhall, Lanarkshire, where they recovered two guns, ammunition, heroin and tablets believed to be Etizolam, a powerful sleeping pill.

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Police hacked military-grade encrypted communication system Encrochat, used by organised criminals trading in drugs and guns , as part of an international sting (Picture: NCA). Police have arrested 746 suspects and seized more than £ 54million in the UK’s biggest ever crime operation.

Police seized sub-machine guns , handguns, four grenades, an AK47 assault rifle and more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition during the operation, as well as more than 28 million Etizolam pills (street valium) from an illicit laboratory. They also seized 55 high-value cars, and 73 luxury watches, the

A source said: “These seizures will pose a huge problem for the Lyons gang. The recoveries were made within a very short space of time and are of high value.

“Information obtained from the phone network played a vital part in making the interceptions. But the investigation won’t end there. The intelligence obtained will keep officers busy for months.”

Police Scotland made 59 arrests during the operation and seized £25million worth of drugs, eight firearms and explosives. It also recovered more than £5million and 1.3million euros.

Some 200kilos of cocaine, 33kilos of heroin and 63kilos of cannabis was also found by officers.

The Lyons gang has been one of Scotland’s most powerful crime groups for almost 15 years.

It is headed by Steven Lyons, 39, despite him being based 3500 miles away in Dubai. He left Scotland after he was shot in the leg during a failed murder attempt in 2006.

a group of items on a table: Cash seized by police © PA Cash seized by police

The attack was part of a feud with the rival Daniel gang which has seen a number of shootings and stabbings.

Daniel enforcer Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll was shot dead in a supermarket car park in 2010 and Steven “Bonzo” Daniel survived a horrific machete attack in 2017.

Police in Europe arrest over 800 users of encrypted phone system used to plot crime

  Police in Europe arrest over 800 users of encrypted phone system used to plot crime Police said Thursday they had arrested more than 800 people across Europe after shutting down an encrypted phone system used by organised crime groups to plot murders and drug deals. French and Dutch police said they hacked into the EncroChat network so they could read millions of messages "over the shoulders" of suspects as they communicated with custom-made devices. Britain said it had arrested 746 people as a result of the operation in what it called a "massive breakthrough" against organised crime, while the Netherlands held more than 100 people and there were arrests in Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

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The Metropolitan police said gun and knife crime rose 42% and 24% respectively and that recorded crime was up across virtually every category, in figures released two There was an increase in young people carrying knives, Hewitt said, with only a quarter of those carrying a blade linked to gangs .

Crime groups have relied heavily on encrypted messaging services to avoid detection in recent years and have seen their empires grow. Law enforcement agencies across Europe believe EncroChat’s handsets – which cost £1500 – were being used solely by criminals since 2016.

The NCA says 746 suspects have been arrested as part of the operation. The crime agency claims it prevented 200 murders due to

intelligence they obtained .

There has also been a large number of arrests in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Norway and Sweden.

EncroChat administrators sent customers a message on June 12 informing them that their security had been breached – almost two months after it was infiltrated.

Cops grabbed £25million worth of drugs © Jamie Williamson Cops grabbed £25million worth of drugs

It read: “Today we had our domains seized by government entities.

“They repurposed our domains to launch an attack to comprise carbon units. With control of our domain they managed to launch a malware campaign against the carbon to weaken its security.

“Due to the level of sophistication of the attack, and the malware code, we can no longer guarantee the security of your device.

“We took immediate action on our network by disabling connectivity to combat the attack.

“You are advised to power off, and physically dispose of your device immediately.

“Period of compromise was about 30 minutes.”

Other major finds in Scotland included a firearm, ammunition, two grenades and over £12,000 of cash after officers searched properties in Johnstone, East Kilbride and Glasgow.

Three men aged 34, 42, and 69 were arrested.

Heroin with a value of £360,000 was recovered after a vehicle was stopped on the northbound M74 and a 30-year-old man was arrested.

Police recovered about £1million in cash and £80,000 in herbal cannabis after searching premises in Lanarkshire. Five men, aged 35, 42, 44, 45 and a 48-year-old woman were arrested.

Graeme Pearson, former head of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, hailed the breakthrough as “the most significant event of a lifetime”.

He added: “The fact that officers were able to breach the security for these phones is a terrific coup.

“Not only because of the recoveries right across Europe and the UK which were significant.

“But it also destroys confidence criminals have in their operation in the future. This has set them back years.”

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