Essex EncroChat drug supplier attempted to smuggle Class A drugs into Iceland – John Lloyd-Richards prosecutes
Bradley Pryer and Cain Adams were caught by an airport sniffer dog at Stansted Airport before they boarded a flight to Reykjavik with more than £6000 of cocaine hidden inside their bodies. The drugs would have been worth three times that in Iceland.
Pryer was targeted by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) as part of Operation Venetic, which was the police’s response to the takedown of EncroChat – an encrypted communication service where drug dealers conducted their businesses. The EncroChat messages showed the value of the drugs he had supplied across the UK came to approximately £2.7 million.
Following earlier guilty pleas, Pryer was jailed for 12 years and Adams received a two-year suspended sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court on 13 January 2023.