Liverpool gangs ‘dominate’ gun and drugs trade outside London

National Crime Agency uses encrypted chat to uncover gun factories in north-west

Organised criminal gangs from Liverpool have risen to the summit of the UK underworld and “dominate” the firearms and drugs-trade outside London, the latest intelligence from senior officers at the National Crime Agency (NCA) reveals.

Analysis of encrypted messages from a communications system used by criminals has shown that the city has become the preeminent location for top-tier gangs sourcing high-volume importations of drugs and automatic weapons.

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Liverpool gangs ‘dominate’ gun and drugs trade outside London