‘Biggest ever blow to organised crime’: Hundreds of criminal ‘kingpins’ arrested

Hundreds of Britain’s most dangerous drug dealers, gangsters and gun runners have been arrested after EncroChat, a private messaging platform used by criminals to communicate, was secretly penetrated by law enforcement agencies.

In what is being heralded by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as one of the biggest ever blows to serious organised crime, entire underworld networks have been dismantled and vital evidence gathered against previously untouchable kingpin figures.

More than 740 suspects have been arrested, millions of pounds in illicit cash, tonnes of class A drugs and vast caches of deadly firearms have been seized, during two months of operations by police forces across the UK.

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