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#Encrochat: Nelson man, 41, used encrypted phone to move kilograms of Class A drugs around UK

A Lancashire man has been jailed for four and a half years for drug offences and money laundering.

Sufiyan Mohammed, aged 41 of Percy Street, Nelson, Lancashire was sentenced on Wednesday 15 June after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering. Mohammed is the latest to be sentenced as part of the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit's response to Operation Venetic, an international operation investigation into the use of a mobile encryption service, commonly referred to as Encrochat.

Pirasad Hashmi, from Blackburn, was also sentenced to seven and a half years back in April this year after pleading guilty to the same offences. Examination of the data from the encrypted phones that Mohamed, who was the user of the device/handle ‘GOLFRANGE' and Hashmi, who used the handle ‘BROWNRHINO’ revealed that they had been responsible for moving multiple kilogram quantities of Class A drugs around the UK.

In messages shared between the two he shared images of drugs and cash. One message said "I’m buying these 1z proper". Other conversations included messages referring to numbers and amounts where 'BROWNRHINO' (aka Hashmi) says to 'GOLFRANGE' (aka Mohammed) "Shall we go through the bill".



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