Two men from Merseyside are the latest to be jailed as part of Operation Venetic – an international investigation into the use of a mobile encryption service, commonly referred to as Encrochat.
William Davidson, 39, and Steven Gorry, 47, both of Liverpool were jailed for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Davidson was sentenced to 18 years 9 months whilst Gorry received 16 years 6 months imprisonment as they worked together to import and supply multi-kilos of cocaine and heroin across Merseyside.
Davidson used the handles ‘WOODENJAY’ and ‘RAINBONSAI’ to buy and sell drugs between 27 March 2020 and 4 April 2020. His trusted lieutenant Gorry used the handle ‘RACYBIKE’.
Detective Inspector Dave Worthington from the operations team at the NWROCU said, “Davidson and Gorry’s encrypted messages detailed their clear involvement in drug conspiracies that would have caused suffering and misery to residents in Merseyside.
“The evidence against them was so overwhelming that they both pled guilty so they didn’t have to face trial and potentially longer behind bars.
“We know the destruction that drug supply causes to our communities and together with our partners we remain relentless in our pursuit of these criminals and to bring down serious and organised criminal groups.”
If you have any information or concerns about drug supply in your area, which you think might help with investigations into the drugs trade across the North West, then please call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Image: (L-R) William Davidson, Steven Gorry/NWROCU