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Officers executed seven warrants as part of an investigation into the sale of drugs in Essex

A man from Kent is due in court next month charged in connection with a series of warrants that were carried out in south and west Essex and London.
Stephen Hart, 53, of Thornden Wood Road, Herne Bay, was arrested one of nine people arrested on Wednesday (7 October) morning in Romford.
Officers executed seven warrants as part of an investigation into the sale of drugs in Essex.
Hart has been charged with conspiring to supply a Class A drug, producing a Class B drug, and possessing a shortened shotgun.
He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 10 October and is next due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 5 November.
Officers made a 10th arrest last week.
Craig Phillips, 48, of Buckles Lane, South Ockendon was arrested and has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
He is next due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on 5 November.
Six other men were charged last week been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.
Four of them are due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on 5 November
They are:
* Russell Hands, 43, of The Chase, Wickford
* Michael Read, 53, of Crouch Road, Grays
* Mark Scarborough, 34, of Adams Glade, Rochford
* Mark Gooch, 37, of Sandringham Road, Pilgrims Hatch
Two other men have also been charged with conspiring to supply a Class A drug.
Conrad Deprose, 28, of Alicia Avenue, Wickford is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on 10 December while Jeremy Goldner, 53, of Northolm, Edgware is due to appear at the same court on 21 December.
A 44 year-old woman from Canvey Island has been released on bail until 2 November while a 19 year-old man from Pilgrims Hatch has been released under investigation.
The investigation was one of those which came from Op Venetic – a major operation involving the cracking of a bespoke encrypted global communication service, exclusively used by criminals
EncroChat offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service with 60,000 users worldwide and around 10,000 in the UK.
The primary use was for co-ordinating and planning criminal activities including the distribution of illicit commodities and money laundering.
Since 2016, international law enforcement agencies worked together to target EncroChat, and other encrypted criminal communications platforms, and earlier this year agencies in France and the Netherlands infiltrated the platform.
The intelligence gleaned through this was then shared via Europol to national law enforcement agencies.

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