A serious and organised criminal who led a commercial drugs operation through an encrypted device has been jailed.
Dean Anderson, of Higher Bebington, was the owner of ‘Bromborough Skip Hire’ at that time and operated at the top of the chain supplying substantial amounts of class A and class B drugs.
The 46-year-old was found to have sourced, purchased and sold approximately 30kg of cannabis, 20kg of heroin and 20kg of high purity cocaine between 3 April 2020 to 2 June 2020.
Using the codename handles ‘tendayer’ and ‘famoussquid’ Anderson used EncroChat – a secretive communications network that was used exclusively by serious and organised criminals before it was cracked by international law enforcement in May 2020 – to run his large-scale business.
Anderson was found to have been supplying multi-kilograms of drugs to Scotland and various other towns and cities across the United Kingdom.
In encrypted messages, he agreed to facilitate the supply of high-purity cocaine direct from Columbia into the United Kingdom for onward distribution.
One of his customers was 32-year-old Mark Cavanagh, previously of Ellesmere Port, who controlled an organised crime group supplying class A drugs to users in the town and in Chester.
Cavanagh was part of Operation Olympia, a 10-month investigation by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, that led to his OCG being dismantled and he was jailed for 14 years in September 2020.
After collating the evidence detectives arrested Anderson at a flat in Ryefield Lane, Ford in Liverpool on 11 September 2020, where he was arrested and brought into custody before being charged.
At Chester Crown Court on Friday 2 September 2022 Anderson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was sentenced to 14 years and four months.
On Sentencing Anderson Judge Steven Everett, described him as being at the ‘top of the tree’ in his level of drug supply and destroying the lives of the people trapped in drug addiction.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Murray, of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said, “Anderson was at the top of the chain when it came to operating in serious and organised crime.
“He was at the highest level running a serious and large-scale commercial drugs business supplying substantial amounts of cocaine, heroin and cannabis purely to make a profit.
“He chose to do this by operating under the radar, using an encrypted and sophisticated device that would keep his communication secretive in order to avoid detection.
“After EncroChat was infiltrated officers were able to comb through the messages attributed to Anderson that led to his arrest and being put behind bars for a long time.”
Image: Dean Anderson/Cheshire Constabulary