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Merseyside Police has charged a 36-year-old man from Wirral with Class A drug offences.
On Thursday 9 December, Ryan Palin, of Mereworth, Caldy, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine and Class B drugs namely amphetamine.
He was remanded into custody after appearing at Wirral Magistrates Court on Friday 10 December.
The charge forms part of the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic: a national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as Encrochat.
Encrochat was a Europe-based communications network and service provider used primarily by organized crime members to plan criminal activities.
EncroChat first came to the attention of the media when it was revealed that high-profile criminals Mark Fellows and Steven Boyle had been using the encrypted devices to communicate between each other during the May 2018 gangland murder of John Kinsella in Rainhill.
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