The National Crime Agency (NCA) reported this week that they have successfully penetrated a top-secret communications method used by criminals.
In what is being called the “biggest and most significant” law enforcement operation ever, over 740 arrests were made all across Europe at virtually the same time, all because of messages that were intercepted and decoded from EncroChat.
The NCA was involved in the investigation, but it was started and led by French and Dutch police, with heavy involvement from Europol – a European agency that helps law enforcement cooperation.
The arrests are believed to have stopped such activities as murders, large-scale drug transports, corruption, violent attacks, and more. The investigation itself spanned over 3 months time.
Millions of pounds in cash and drugs were also confiscated. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said that this is “just the beginning. We will be disrupting organized criminal networks as a result of these operations for weeks and months and possibly years to come.”