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UK 🇬🇧 #Encrochat Operation Venetic: Two arrested following £1.6m Manchester cocaine seizure


National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators arrested Braheem Abdullah, 38, in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on Wednesday (24/03/2021) and a 41-year-old man at Central Park Police Station, north Manchester, on Thursday (25/03/2021).

Abdullah (also known as Dwaine George) was subsequently charged with conspiracy to import Class A drugs. He was remanded in custody until his appearance at Manchester City Crown Court on 22 April.

The other man was arrested for breach of bail, and further interviewed in relation to the offence he was on bail for – suspicion of importation of Class A drugs. He was bailed pending further inquiries.

Officers seized the high-value cocaine at a joiners yard in Wade Street, north East Manchester in April last year through Operation Venetic – the UK-wide law enforcement response that helped bring down encrypted messaging platform Encrochat.


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