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Merseyside man jailed for drugs and firearms conspiracy

|News, Drug offences

A Merseyside drug dealer heavily involved in organised crime and firearms has been jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for 18 years and 6 months.

Custody photo of Paul Mangan
Paul Mangan

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Paul Mangan, 27, of Parkside Close in Huyton, had an armoury of firearms, including sub-machine guns, at his disposal and was heavily involved in the supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

To conduct his business, he used an encrypted mobile phone, called an 'Encro', to disguise his involvement. His nickname or 'handle' on the device was 'Paleradio'.

The period of the police investigation into Mangan spanned from April to May 2020.

The 'Encro' phone has an encrypted messaging system, EncroChat, that the criminal underworld thought was impossible for the authorities to crack. Organised crime gangs across the world used them to run their illicit enterprises and empires. In April 2020, police in France were able to remotely install software on a number of EncroChat devices that gave them access to the information on the devices. This was shared with police forces in other countries, including the UK.

Data showing Paul Mangan’s messages under the handle 'Paleradio' were shared with Merseyside Police. Personal information in the messages and cell-site evidence enabled them to link the device and the activities of the owner to Paul Mangan.

Arrangements to buy and share firearms were revealed along with masses of information about drugs deals.

Paul Mangan was arrested in April 2021 and charged with Conspiracy to transfer firearms and Conspiracy to supply Cocaine, Cannabis and Heroin.

He denied the charges but was found guilty following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Today (10 March 2022) Mangan was sentenced to 18 years and 6 months in jail.

District Crown Prosecutor Jonathan Egan, of CPS Mersey Cheshire's Complex Casework Unit, said: “Paul Mangan was up to his neck in the dangerous and violent world of drug dealing.

“The messages retrieved from his EncroChat phone revealed he both had firearms and was prepared to use them if needed to protect his illegal trade in drugs.

“Organised crime is a dark and dangerous world and the people involved will stop at nothing to hold on to their illegal business.

“But the police and the Crown Prosecution Service are equally determined to bring them to justice and protect our communities from the damage these criminals and their wares inflict.”

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