Photos of dogs, children and celebratory champagne on completion of drug deals continue to incriminate defendants in EncroChat cases. Participants in serious organised crime – who you might expect would know better – had such confidence in the encryption that they abandoned caution, mixing selfies with snaps of cocaine shipments.
The cost of EncroChat phones was sufficiently prohibitive that they tended to be reserved for use in the most heavyweight criminality. Corresponding heavy sentences provide a powerful incentive for defendants to endure lengthy adjournments in custody in the hope that one of the novel points being argued up and down the country might render the intercepted material inadmissible. But such