After a joint National Crime Agency/ Metropolitan police surveillance operation into an alleged Organised Crime Group operating in the Kent area, 6 individuals have been charged with offences of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering. Following the arrests, officers seized in excess of 25 kilograms of cocaine and over £400,000 in cash.

This will be one of the first prosecutions in the country where the prosecution are relying on evidence obtained as a result of the successful hacking by the National Crime Agency of Encrochat, the encrypted communication network used by criminals across Europe to send secure messages to each other.

Raj Dayal of Bark&co is representing Mr C who is alleged to have played a leading role in the Organised Crime Group. She has instructed Sean Hammond of 2 Bedford Row to represent him at trial.