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Three Sentenced to Prison in “VanillaSurf” Case

Three Manchester men were sentenced to prison for their roles in distributing large quantities of a wide variety of drugs through the darkweb.

Police found drugs during a search at one of the defendants houses

Drugs seized during execution of a search warrant.

The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) announced that Andrew Moores, Paul Gregory, and Austin “Ozzy” Beckett were sentenced to prison for selling drugs on the darkweb. The defendants pleaded guilty to money laundering and a conspiracy to supply, and export class A and B controlled drugs last year. Through the username “VanillaSurf,” among others, the trio sold cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, amphetamine, and cannabis.

A police station booking photo of Andrew Moores

Andrew Moores

Investigators with the Metropolitan Police started investigating the vendor account “Vanilla Surf” in November 2019. The Dark Web Operations Team of the NWROCU took control of the investigation after the Encrochat takedown in April 2020. After law enforcement had gained control of the Encrochat network, they learned that three Encrochat users distributed drugs through the Vanilla Surf vendor account as well as “Staxx” and “GovUk.”

A police station booking photo of Austin Beckett

Austin Beckett

The investigators established that Moores had used the EncroChat username “Toxic Jaguar” and was in charge of a drug trafficking operation that distributed drugs through the “Vanilla Surf,” “Staxx,” and “GovUk” vendor accounts. Gregory and Beckett worked for Moores and used the usernames “Matte Soda” and “Real Cake,” respectively, on the Encrochat encrypted network. Beckett was allegedly in charge of the trio’s drug distribution center while Gregory handled packaging and shipping.

A police station booking photo of Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

The execution of search warrants resulted in the seizure of large quantities of drugs, cash, computers, encrypted mobile phones, and cryptocurrency worth approximately £30,000.

The Manchester Crown Court heard that the investigators found Gregory’s DNA on an ecstasy package ordered by law enforcement officers.

A picture of drugs seized by police during a search of Beckett’s house.

Drugs seized by police during a search of Beckett's house.

The defendants had earned roughly £3 million via their drug trafficking operation.

They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply and export class A and B controlled drugs and money laundering.

Judge John Potter sentenced Moore to 16 years and six months in prison, Gregory to 14 years and four months in prison, and Beckett to 11 years and three months.


DNL: Police caught Beckett by coincidence, apparently. They were “going to a house in Hazel Grove to arrest someone unconnected” to these defendants. Police claim that Beckett panicked and moved a suitcase from his house to his neighbor’s house. The police, by chance, were interested in Beckett’s neighbor and found the suitcase. It contained “a ’large quantity’ of drugs including high purity cocaine, as well as scales and other drugs paraphernalia.”

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3153a1c0 Sun, Jan 30, 2022

when police say coincidence then it’s parallel construction or they don’t want to reveal their surveillance tactics or equipment

stay vigilant people don’t let your guard down don’t slip

addaa1f0 Sun, Jan 30, 2022

Definitely a case of the “coincidences” as they caught one of the others—can’t remember which one off the top of my head—during an “unrelated” traffic stop. A point was made about his vehicle which I think was an expensive Range Rover. He told the cops that he was a “stockbroker working for Bitcoin.” I do not know what the “unrelated” arrest was for though.

b1b42d40 Sun, Jan 30, 2022

DNA on the package, fucking rookie.

c5295d00 Sun, Jan 30, 2022

The Manchester Crown Court heard that the investigators found Gregory’s DNA on an ecstasy package ordered by law enforcement officers.

@dnl is this a fingerprint or something else?

5ed05e70 Sun, Jan 30, 2022

Probably semen

754c9530 Mon, Jan 31, 2022

^ I see Monopoly’s apologist is eagerly awaiting taking that fat Hispanic crusty cuckhold cock. take it in the ass for Vendy as well?

ba484910 Mon, Jan 31, 2022

is this a fingerprint or something else?

I am not sure. I knew they could pull dna off prints but did not think it was something they did regularly b/c of potential damage to the print. But I suppose if there was one print on the package, there were multiple prints and they could afford to fuck one up. But I was not able to find out what the source of the DNA was.

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