A WATERLOO man is wanted by police in connection to the messaging platform ‘EncroChat’.
The secretive network was hacked in an international operation last year, offering police unprecedented access to the messages of suspected criminals.
Stephen Warner, 34, from Waterloo, is one of nine men who have been named in a wanted list released by Merseyside Police on Thursday, August 26.
Detective Sergeant Daniel Pilling, part of the response to the national EncroChat investigation Operation Venetic, said: “As part of the international operation, around 60,000 users of EncroChat have been identified worldwide, with about 10,000 of them in the UK – all involved in coordinating and planning the supply and distribution of drugs and weapons, money laundering and other criminal activity.
“You will have seen many recent court cases involving this massive operation, with more in the pipeline. So far on Merseyside, we have arrested 148 people, 114 of whom have been charged. 37 people have been sentenced to a total of 444 years in prison, which has a massive impact on the criminal landscape of Merseyside and beyond.
“We’re confident that these nine more men will all face the courts sooner or later, so we’d encourage them or anyone who knows their whereabouts to contact us and stop delaying the inevitable. We’ll continue to issue the faces of any more wanted individuals and use all available lines of enquiry and powers to bring them in.
“Merseyside and many areas of the UK are safer thanks to this operation, which is making a significant impact in drug supply, which causes misery across our communities. We will continue to target anyone we suspect is involved in serious organised crime and keep the momentum going.”
Contact police via their social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ or call 101. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.