Five men from Merseyside have been charged with money laundering following a raid on a used car dealership in 2020.
More than £ 300,000 in cash was seized from Liverpool’s Wavertree Car Center dealership on June 15, 2020 as part of a wide-ranging investigation that took place, the Liverpool Echo reported.
The raid was the result of the National Crime Agency (NCA) Venetic investigation, which uncovered a drug ring across the Midlands and the north of England, in what has been described as’ the largest police operation never carried out in the United Kingdom. ”
The men charged with one count each of money laundering are Timmy Anthony Donovan, 36, formerly of Walsingham Road, Liverpool; Christopher Roper, 37, Allerton Road, Liverpool; Arran O’Sullivan, 38, of Deepfield Drive, Liverpool; Paul Duncan, 52, of Gentwood Road, Liverpool, and Kenneth Kean, 56, of Huyton House Road, Liverpool.
The men were all arrested at their homes except for Roper who was arrested in the NCA raid on the Wavertree High Street dealership.
All five will appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on June 3.
The Encrochat encrypted messaging platform was used by a drug network in England and revealed by the NCA.
The agency separately said Operation Venetic saw 746 arrests, £ 54million in criminal cash, 77 guns, 55 high-value cars and more than two tons of drugs seized in June and July 2020.