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Badibango busted Drug dealer who used Encrochat nickname 'Bagbangboomboom' is jailed for 12 years

The 34-year-old also interchanged the spelling of his surname to 'Badibango'

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Mathew Badibanga was arrested in September last year

Mathew Badibanga was arrested in September last year

Mathew Badibanga was arrested in September last year

A drug dealer who used the Encrochat nickname "Bagbangboomboom" as he supplied cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines from his Merseyside home has been jailed for 12 years. 

Mathew Badibanga was arrested in September last year by detectives after a series of raids in Formby and another in Whiston which led to him being taken into custody.

The investigation into the 34-year-old, who also interchanged the spelling of his surname to "Badibango", was linked to the ongoing national investigation, Operation Venetic, that infiltrated the shadowy Encrochat communication network.

So far, there have been 140 arrests, 110 people charged and 34 people sentenced to a total of 402 years in prison across Merseyside, as Operation Venetic continues to unmask drug dealers using Encrochat devices.

Police have also recovered £1.8m in cash, 110kg of cocaine and heroin, and four firearms with ammunition.

The dealer, of Manorwood Drive, Whiston, was jailed for 12 years after pleading guilty to four counts of supplying at Liverpool Crown Court.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Smith, of Merseyside Police, said: “Today we have seen another sentencing as part of national Operation Venetic, which came about after law enforcement officials in Europe managed to crack the ‘Encrochat’ service being used by criminals involved in serious and organised crime to carry out their business.

“Badibango was supplying large amounts of illegal drugs and generating vast profits in doing so.

"He will now perhaps take time to reflect on the risks he took and the harm he caused, while serving his jail time.

"Our work to track these criminals down and bring down serious and organised criminal groups remain ongoing. To those who we haven’t got to yet, our message is clear … expect the knock at the door.

“Merseyside Police, along with law enforcement agencies across the world, will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those people who think they are above the law, and we will continue to target anyone involved in serious organised crime to keep this positive momentum going.”

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