National Crime Agency
Op Venetic: Birmingham trio charged with drugs and firearms supply
A trio from Birmingham arrested as part of National Crime Agency led Operation Venetic have been charged with drugs and firearms offences, after officers seized a sub-machine gun, drugs and cash.
Michael Earp, 29, of Pear Tree Road, Shard End, Danyal Aziz, 26, of Pelham Road, Stechford and Nicole Rhone, 26, of Yardley Green Road, Bordesley, have all been charged.
Earp was detained by NCA officers on Friday 10 July at an address in Kings Norton and was charged with conspiring to possess drugs, an automatic firearm and ammunition. He was remanded to custody and appeared before Birmingham Magistrates’ court recently , Saturday 11 July. He is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 10 August.
Aziz was arrested at his home address on 26 June, supported by West Midlands police, and was remanded to custody after being charged with conspiring to possess drugs, an automatic firearm and ammunition. He is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 24 July.
Rhone was arrested on17 May at her home address, also supported by West Midlands police, and charged with possession of an automatic firearm and ammunition. She was released on bail and is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 27 June. Officers seized a Skorpian sub-machine gun from the address, as well as ammunition.
Officers have also seized approximately one kilo of drugs and about 40k cash as part of the investigation.
The investigation is part of Operation Venetic, which has so far seen more than 750 people arrested by law enforcement across the UK following the infiltration of an encrypted communications platform.
NCA branch commander Adam Warnock recently said:
“We know that high levels of violence and exploitation are linked to illegal drugs and firearms in the UK and pursuing the criminals behind this type of activity is our top priority.”
Latest News from
National Crime Agency
Two face prosecution following NCA investigation into NAMA property deal06/08/2020 16:15:00
Two men are to be prosecuted over alleged fraud offences as part of the NCA investigation into the sale of the National Asset Management Agency’s Northern Ireland property loan book.
Driver jailed for lorry cocaine stash05/08/2020 11:15:00
A man who tried to smuggle cocaine worth almost a million pounds into the UK has been jailed for six years and nine months.
Three charged in international drug investigation linked to Encrochat03/08/2020 11:10:00
Three men have been charged in the UK and Netherlands, and over 50 kilos of class A drugs have been seized following a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency and Dutch law enforcement.
Driver arrested as part of Scottish drug supply investigation03/08/2020 09:05:00
A lorry driver from Scotland has been arrested following the seizure of around 150 kilos of cannabis at the UK-France border
Five arrested by NCA officers over Rotherham abuse allegations31/07/2020 14:15:00
Five men have been arrested in connection with allegations of abuse relating to four girls in Rotherham.
Teaching assistant bought online child abuse with Amazon vouchers30/07/2020 15:43:00
A teaching assistant bought an online catalogue of child sexual abuse using £365 of Amazon vouchers.
Two jailed for West London cocaine handover30/07/2020 11:15:00
Two men have been jailed after being caught in a £700,000 drugs handover while under investigation by the joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
Operation Venetic: Liverpool man charged in connection with acid attack and shots fired in Merseyside27/07/2020 16:15:00
A man from Liverpool, arrested as part of National Crime Agency-led Operation Venetic, has been charged with a possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and three counts of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm.
Two convicted in France as part of cross-Channel people smuggling investigation27/07/2020 12:43:00
Two people, one of whom is British, have been convicted and jailed in France as a result of close working between the UK-French authorities in people smuggling investigation involving the National Crime Agency.