A 39-year-old Lytham resident has been jailed for 12 years having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs. The sentence was handed to Yasser Khan, of Merton Terrace, Lytham, after appearing at Preston Crown Court yesterday morning (Friday 8th July).
Examination of the data from the encrypted phone identified that Khan was the user of the device/ handle ‘STICKYTAILOR’ and that he had been responsible for buying and selling multi kilograms of cocaine and cannabis, worth more than one million pounds.
Detective Inspector Mike Robinson from the Operations Team at the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit said, ‘The sentencing of Khan will undoubtedly have resulted in significant disruption to the supply of Class A and B drugs in Lancashire. He was a key member of his organised crime group, buying and selling multi-kilo amounts of drugs. This is the latest in a long line of convictions secured against those who used the Encrochat facility to carry out crimes, to try and evade detection. Here at the NWROCU we’re committed to targeting the supply of drugs and will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of those people who think they are above the law.’
Khan is the latest to be sentenced as part of Operation Venetic – an international investigation into the use of a mobile encryption service, commonly referred to as Encrochat