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Hit the dramatic raid at dawn when the police shattered the criminal gangs' secret phone network


Police have arrested 746 Kingpins criminals after breaking an international secret telephone network in the "deepest British operation ever in serious organized crime".

Raids have been launched across the country to combat drugs, weapons and illegal activities.

Armed officers found addresses in London, Oldham and Birmingham

Met forces have arrested 132 people – including the most serious organized crime network in the capital – and over £ 13.3 million in cash confiscated between machine guns and narcotics.

When the dramatic raids were being recorded, the armed police stormed a luxury complex in the home counties as well as in Birmingham and Oldham

When the dramatic raids were being recorded, the armed police stormed a luxury complex in the home counties as well as in Birmingham and Oldham

One of the operations confiscated £ 5 million at a time – this is the largest single military cash transfer that has ever been carried out.

Many of the arrests concerned apparently respectable people who lived a luxurious lifestyle but hid their secret criminal empires.

Incredible footage of a raid showed how armed officers used nearly a hundred lightning bombs in a 1.45am mission on a high-end property in the home counties two weeks ago.

The breathtaking Bodycam material shows how they scream "armed police" into the building while gaining access. A man in his boxer shorts stands with his hands raised.

14 guns were recovered from the raids, including Scorpion submachine guns and revolvers, as well as 500 rounds of ammunition.

14 guns were recovered from the raids, including Scorpion submachine guns and revolvers, as well as 500 rounds of ammunition.

The operation seized a total of £ 13 million, with £ 5 million recovered in just one stitch, the Met's largest single seizure

The operation seized a total of £ 13 million, with £ 5 million recovered in just one stitch, the Met's largest single seizure

He was arrested on suspicion of large-scale importation of drugs and released pending investigation. An imitated firearm was confiscated.

A source said, "The lightning grenades are used to guide when the police arrive when they suspect the person may be armed."

The extensive operation, codenamed Eternal, was made possible by a team between the National Crime Agency and European partners.

Data from an encrypted phone system called Encrochat was shared with them to identify a number of serious crimes.

The international partnership, known as Operation Venetic, revealed that around 1,400 users of the secret call network were based in London.

Their cell phones had allowed them to plan crimes, but the teams managed to infiltrate them and dismantle the system.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “This operation is the most significant activity, certainly in my career, that we have ever done against serious and organized crime across London.

“Organized crime groups have used encrypted communication to make their crimes possible. They openly discussed plans to murder, launder money, trade drugs, and sell firearms that can cause gruesome scenes in our communities. They were brazen and thought they were beyond the reach of the law.

“Organized crime doesn't respect geographical boundaries. Those responsible adapt quickly and use every opportunity. This operation has enabled us to address those at the top of the hierarchy and people we have known for years but who we have not been able to address directly.

“This insult has a direct impact on our communities – those involved seem respectable, but their actions leave a trace of misery and are inextricably linked to the violent scenes that take place on our streets. Our investigators, intelligence analysts, firearms officers, the Territorial Support Group, and our local officers have been working day and night to advance our investigation into this operation over the past two months.

“Working with our international partners has significantly improved our understanding of organized crime in London and the way some of our most productive and dangerous offenders operate. This is just the beginning, there are a lot more people we are investigating. We know who they are and we have seen what they do and who they do it with. We will not rest until they have seen justice. "

The data was used by specialized detectives to create a case against criminals identified in the chat by analyzing hundreds of handsets and thousands of messages.

Crooks that were previously completely unknown to the police were at the center of the illegal network.

Arrests in 34 different operations have included arrests for conspiracy to murder, possession of firearms, money laundering and a conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.

99 people were charged and 14 firearms were recovered, including Scorpion submachine guns and revolvers, as well as 500 rounds of ammunition.

A total of 36 encrypted devices, 620 kg of class A drugs and 12 kg of class B drugs were also snatched up by officials.

A compromised network linked organized international crime and serious violence across London through a gang from the UK, Europe and the United Arab Emirates that imported and distributed cocaine and firearms.

This unit intended to shoot and kill a member of a rival group, but they could be stopped before trading a loaded pistol that was believed to be the intended murder weapon.

A Met spokesman added: “This is the most significant operation the Metropolitan Police Service has ever initiated against serious and organized crime

These drugs were confiscated during police operations triggered by the battered Encrochat phone system

These drugs were confiscated during police operations triggered by the battered Encrochat phone system

“Those who were arrested as part of an investigation were identified as part of the OCN with the greatest damage in London that has long been associated with violent crime and Class A drug imports.

& # 39; The central figures in this group lived a lavish lifestyle, lived in multi-million pound properties, and had access to world-class vehicles.

“They seem to be successful, respectable business people, but they are dangerous people. Our enforcement actions against them reflect this. We have used our highly trained firearm officers and sophisticated tactics to arrest them at their addresses. "

It is the UK's most comprehensive and deepest operation on serious organized crime, ”said Nikki Holland, chief investigator at NCA, comparing it to the fact that there is an“ inside person ”in every crime group in the country.