Cocaine dealer’s boast of ‘proper organised crime bro’ backfires as empire falls
An arrogant drug dealing dad who claimed he was going to make “easy money” through “proper organised crime bro” has been jailed for more than nine years.
Cocky Kurt Jervis was working as a courier for a “top of the tree” drugs lord based in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
The 37-year-old has pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply a Class A drug and to conceal criminal property after it was discovered he had helped to move around 39 kilos of cocaine.
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And he happily boasted about it on an encrypted mobile chat network EncroChat, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Police managed to gain access to the chats, in which Jervis said to boss Aaron Wright: “Proper serious and organised crime this bro.
“Kilos drops before 11am and 1000s passed before 1pm, no f*****g about.
“All while ur sat scratching ur a*s (sic).”
Boss Wright was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison, while Jervis received nine years and four months.
Defending Jervis, Michael Lavery said the defendant became involved after finding himself in “dire financial circumstances” following the breakdown of a relationship.
He added, of the man with a son of teenage age: “He turned to his involvement in this conspiracy really for easy money.
“It has proved to be far from that."
Wright, of Beacon Road, Stockport, and Jervis, of Deane Avenue, Stockport, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply a class A drug and conspiring to conceal criminal property.
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They will serve half of their sentences behind bars.
The chat system used by the gang, EncroChat, has become a favourite in the crime world, but was recently hacked by the UK's National Crime Agency using malware
According to experts from Olliers Solicitors: “The devices then have a special operating system and messaging software installed on them, which sends and receives encrypted messages.
“Some are only able to communicate with other phones on the network and have the provision for a code to be entered which with delete the encrypted chats.
“Reports suggest that a piece of malware was found on a user’s EncroChat phone which was reported to the company and resulted many users destroying their handsets.
“However it appears that this action was too late and the malware was in place to assist the NCA and other European law enforcement agencies in accessing the contents of millions of messages between a large number of suspects.”
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