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Darren Nelson helped run a £6m #EncroChat drug plot. Powerwhale and Excellent Wolf EncroChat Users


A drug dealer bragged he had a key worker in his gang who transported illicit packages during lockdown.

Darren Nelson, of Whitfield Road, bragged about Virgin Media worker, Robert Wood's freedom to roam, a court heard. On Tuesday, seven of the 14 people in both gangs were jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court for a total of 66 years and 11 months for their crimes in North Wales and Merseyside.

Prosecutor Andrew Jones said cocaine and cannabis were sourced via Liverpool and distributed and adulterated in North Wales between December 2019 and April last year. Gang members would meet in various locations in Holywell, Bagillt and Abergele.

Mr Jones said Wood, 58, worked for Virgin Media at the time and was a key worker during lockdown. He moved cocaine around North Wales, while other consignments were brought by other gang members.

But the police breached their ENCROCHAT messages - on which the conspirators used handles including Powerwhale and Excellent Wolf - and officers seized drugs from properties and vehicles.


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