Monday, December 05, 2022

Spain assigns second defendant to France for selling encrypted phones

Spain on Monday handed France a second accused of selling mobile phones with an encrypted system called ‘Encrochat’, which is being investigated around the world as a method used for drug dealing. According to sources in his defense, the accused (Mac) went to court yesterday with the Lille judge, who is investigating the offenses of criminal organization, drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal arms smuggling and cybercrime. His brother had already been deported to the Gallic country on 19 August.

The decision was agreed to by the Investigative Judge of the Santiago Pedraz National Court in July, as LA RAZN advanced within the framework of the Arrest and Delivery Order (OEDE), which indicated that these brothers had moved to Canada, the Dominican Republic. Terminals sold. Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Panama and Spain from 2017 to 2021.

The great operation to eliminate the Encrochat system happened in 2018 when the French gendarmerie discovered this high-security telephone system used mainly by criminal organizations. Copies of the servers hosting the data and which were in France allowed the administrators to be identified and a money laundering structure emerged. Since then and uninterruptedly, the neighboring country has been sending data to various EU states to help them uncover new cases or incorporate what might be useful. In the National High Court’s anti-drug prosecutor’s office, they confirm that cooperation in this case has been close and that they continue to receive useful information for the investigation here.

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