Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, a man from South Oxfordshire has been jailed for drug offences.
Joe Fisher, aged 34, of Walnut Place, Harwell, Didcot, was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison at Oxford Crown Court on Friday (29/7).
He pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of class A, namely cocaine, conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of class B, namely cannabis, and possession of criminal property.
Following the acquisition of Encrochat messages via Operation Venetic, a user was identified as Fisher.
Operation Venetic is the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted communications platform Encrochat.
Fisher used the platform to arrange the supply of more than 3kg of cocaine and 1kg of cannabis between 5 April and 6 June 2020.
A search of his home address found scales, a large number of small, self-sealing bags and more than £28,000 in cash.
Fisher was charged on 26 May this year.
South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse local policing area commander, Superintendent Dave Horsburgh, said: “Our aim is to make the local areas and streets a hostile place for drug suppliers and a safe place for members of the public.
“Tackling illegal drugs supply is a top priority due to the exploitation of the young and vulnerable.
“I urge the public to report their suspicions to us so we can act swiftly by calling 101 or making a report on our website.
“Alternatively, by reporting anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.
“I would like to reassure our communities that we will continue to tackle drug supply and will continue to bring offenders before the courts where they belong.
“While Thames Valley Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit will continue to investigate and convict those who used the Encrochat communications system for criminal gain.”