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Five men arrested following raid at car dealership plead not guilty to money laundering

  • The men deny being part of a money laundering plot
  • The arrests were made following a search at a car dealership in Liverpool
  • Prosecution follows global action to take down criminal Encrochat phone network
  • Trial is set to start in early 2022

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Five men from Merseyside who were arrested following a raid at a car dealership in 2020 have denied being part of a money laundering plot.

Officers from the National Crime Agency arrested five men following a search at Wavertree Car Centre in Liverpool on June 15, 2020, and seized more than £300,000.

At the time, the officers were seen searching cars on the dealership’s forecourt.

It was part of a global crackdown on serious and organised crime, reported the Liverpool Echo.

The five men – Timmy Donovan, 36, formerly of Walsingham Road, Childwall, Christopher Roper,  37, of Allerton Road, Arran O’Sullivan, 38, of Deepfield Drive, Huyton, Paul Duncan, 52, of Gentwood Road, Huyton and Kenneth Kean, 56, of Huyton House Road, Huyton – appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday (Jul 8), Donovan via video link.

Each one denied a single count of money laundering, reported the newspaper. Their trial is set to begin in early 2022.

The arrests and prosecution were part of Operation Venetic – a worldwide crackdown of the now collapsed criminal Encrochat phone network.

The global operation led to a large number of arrests across Europe and the seizing of cash, drugs and guns.

Over 1,550 arrests have been made across the UK – more than 100 on Merseyside.

Roper was arrested at the car dealership while the remaining four were detained at their home addresses.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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