Penfold lookalike EncroChat dealer unmasked by Danger Mouse clues

Hill's resemblance to Penfold from Danger Mouse helped lead police to him
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)

A man who used Encrochat to sell cocaine and cannabis was caught after making references to his resemblance to a cartoon character on the encrypted communications platform.

Craig Hill, 37, or Harefield Road in Speke, Hill was arrested on May 9 at his home address, where police found a cannabis farm.

He used the Encrochat handle ‘Lewdvine’ to supply kilos of Class A and B drugs.

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Police were able to trace Hill as the man behind ‘Lewdvine’ though a number of clues saved in his Encrochat device, including references to goggles and his resemblance to Penfold from Danger Mouse.

Hill also revealed where he lived through pictures of a distinctive new door, and details of his vehicle, an ex-police BMW.

Hill was jailed for seven years and eight months by Liverpool Crown Court today, Friday June 7, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine; conspiracy to supply cannabis; and production of cannabis.

Police found cannabis being grown at Hill's home address
Police found cannabis being grown at Hill's home address -Credit:Merseyside Police

Detective Inspector Peter McCullougho Merseyside Police said: “Our work continues to put before the courts all of those criminals identified under Operation Venetic. Thanks to our extensive investigation and some helpful clues left by Hill, he will tonight be beginning a significant prison sentence.

“Our work to prevent criminals from targeting the vulnerable people in our communities with illicit drugs goes on and we would always encourage members of the public to contact us if they have any information which could assist with our enquiries.

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in the community can contact Merseyside Police by sending a DM to @MerPolCC, calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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