Suspected EncroChat Drug Trafficker Faces Trial
A suspected prolific drug trafficker is set to face trial following an international operation to crack a popular encrypted chat network used by criminals, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The UK agency for serious and organized crime revealed that 44-year-old Kamran Butt had been extradited to Germany, where he is now remanded in custody of the Bundeskriminalamt (federal police) awaiting trial.
A Hamburg judge issued a European arrest warrant for Butt in October 2020. He was subsequently found to be living in Woolwich, south-east London
He’s believed to have used the EncroChat platform for several years to arrange “multi-tonne” cocaine shipments from South America to Europe, working with an organized crime gang based in Albania and Germany, according to the NCA.
“Kamran Butt went to great lengths to avoid the attention of law enforcement in Germany and the UK, and is believed to have been using EncroChat to communicate with other members of the crime group,” said NCA deputy director, Andrea Wilson.
“We are determined to do all we can to tackle criminal drugs smuggling networks impacting on the UK, no matter where they are, and this case is a great example of collaborative work between