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Throughout 2022, the NCA and its partners have focused on targeting high-harm, high-impact criminals who exploit the vulnerable, dominate communities and chase criminal profits, and undermine the UK's economy, infrastructure and institutions.

This has resulted in a wide range of activity to pursue offenders through prosecution and disruption, prevent people from engaging in serious and organised crime, protect individuals, organisations and systems and prepare for when crime occurs.

Examples of this activity can be found in the timeline of success below.

Operational Response

The NCA wil degrade the most harmful organised crime groups and lead the UK's operational response.

We will continue to work closely with our operational partners, with Government and with the private and third sectors.

Timeline of Success 2022













Operation Venetic - A Breakthrough Against SOC

(Please note this section is from the 2021 NSA - still to be updated) Since spring 2020, law enforcement has significantly disrupted and dismantled numerous deep-rooted organised crime groups across the UK, following international partners’ successful extraction of Encrochat data. The bespoke, encrypted global communication platform, assessed to be used exclusively for serious and organised crime, had around 9,000 UK users.

The data and subsequent enforcement activity provided a rich insight into the extensive collaboration between OCGs and their global reach. It enabled identification of individuals and groups that had been operating below the radar for a number of years.

The joint approach (NCA, Regional Organised Crime Units, Policing, Border Force, HMRC, CPS and others) has so far resulted in widespread disruption, including: arrest of 1,550 suspects, seizure of over £56 million in criminal cash, 115 firearms, 2,800 rounds of ammunition, 5.8 tonnes of Class A and B drugs, and successfully mitigated over 200 threats to people’s lives. This is the broadest and deepest UK operation into SOC to date and coordinated activity continues.