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Arrests of #Encrochat: 14 men sentenced to over 140 years for major drugs conspiracy


14 men involved in large-scale drugs network have been jailed a total of more than 140 years, following an investigation by Tarian, the southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit.

Detectives were provided with packages of Encrochat (a private messaging system) data from the National Crime Agency. From the data, officers were able to identify who the anonymous users were and have used their own chat in evidence against them.

Its members, using encrypted devices, organised the distribution of multi kilograms of cocaine and heroin and the collection and transport of significant quantities of cash.

Over 50kg of heroin and cocaine and over £700,000 cash has been seized as part of this investigation.

All 14 men were found guilty to the drugs offences earlier this year.

The following appeared in Cardiff Crown Court yesterday and today for sentencing for their role in the conspiracy to supply Class A drug offences and money laundering:

Daniel Masher, aged 33 from Liverpool, was sentenced to 18 years

Martin Askew, aged 53 from Birmingham was sentenced to 14 years and five months

Lloyd Stapleton, aged 35 from Roath, Cardiff, was sentenced to 14 years and five months

Anthony Rake, aged 31 from Grangetown, Cardiff, was sentenced to 13 years

Jamie Crees, aged 38 from Pentwyn, Cardiff, was sentenced to 12 years and five months

Paul Beard, aged 38 from Pentwyn, Cardiff, was sentenced to 12 years

Glyn Roberts, aged 42 from Newport was sentenced to 10 years

Dylan Bulmer, aged 27 from Pentwyn, Cardiff was sentenced to eight years and eight months

Layton Maxwell, aged 43 from Rhiwbina, Cardiff, was sentenced to eight years

Kevin Jenkins, aged 41 from Pontypridd, was sentenced to seven years and five months

Rafeeq Kaid, aged 32 from Penylan, Cardiff, was sentenced to six years

Charles Lado, aged 36 from Cardiff was sentenced to six years

Daniel Roberts, aged 38 from Pontllanfraith, was sentenced to six years

Richard Smith, aged 46 from Cardiff was sentenced to four years and five months


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