A drug courier threw more than £300,000 out of a bathroom window after his home was raided by police.

Sean Doyle was exposed as a driver to courier drugs and cash on a major £6,000,000 drug plot set up through the Encrochat encrypted phone network.

Doyle, 30, from Blackley, operated on his Encro phone with the name 'Minorspark'.

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He had a Renault van which contained an 'exceptionally sophisticated' hide to surreptitiously transport drugs and cash.

The 30-year-old was recruited by Nathan Loftus, 38, who was known as a high level drugs boss.

Loftus was involved in importing tens of kilos of heroin and cocaine from Holland into the country through Liverpool.

He has planned to bring 'at the very least' 84.5 kilos of cocaine and 59 kilos of heroin into the country through Encrochat.

Nathan Loftus and Sean Doyle
Nathan Loftus and Sean Doyle

The major drug boss was also known within the criminal underworld as a 'go-to man' for crooks who wanted guns.

Loftus, who used the code name 'Bigmninee', said he'd 'pass out firearms if needed' after being told there was 'friction' on an estate in north Manchester.

The pair were caught by police when detectives recovered text messages from the EncroChat network, the MEN reports.

When officers raided properties belonging to the criminals, bundles of dirty cash stuffed in a bag for life were discovered.

Police raided their homes at 6am on March 11 and officers found £348,000 at Doyle's home.

When they burst into his home, Doyle threw a bag for life containing cash out of a bathroom window and onto the roof.

His home was being used as a 'safehouse' as part of the drugs plot.

Loftus, of Wilton Drive, Bury, admitted conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

An image police recovered from an Encrochat conversation between Loftus and another user
An image police recovered from an Encrochat conversation between Loftus and another user

While Doyle, of Wavertree Road, Blackley, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine, and possession of criminal property.

Both also admitted to money laundering.

Loftus has now been jailed for 22 years and Doyle has been jailed for seven years.

After the hearing, Detective Constable Chris Edwards of GMP's City of Manchester Challenger Team said: "This was a long and intricate investigation which saw a team of detectives spend months analysing these encrypted messages to enable us to piece together the web of criminality that Loftus and Doyle were both operating within.

"These two men, and particularly Loftus, were importing and distributing thousands of pounds worth of class A drugs across Greater Manchester and I have no doubt that by removing these two men from our streets we have been able to remove and disrupt a significant amount of class A drugs from our communities.

"The sentence handed to Loftus today is a huge success for GMP and a testament to the painstaking work our team of detectives have put in to this case and investigation.

"Drugs can have a devastating impact on both individuals and communities and GMP will always pursue and bring those who feel they can cause such destruction to justice."