The investigation was launched in April 2020 and is based on data obtained through communications from EncroChat users who were involved in the illegal drug trade, the state prosecutor and the Federal Criminal Service said in a statement.
State Prosecutor Julia Bussweiler told the Associated Press that French and Dutch investigators assisted in the investigation.
They managed to decrypt the data and thus monitor the communication of criminals who used encrypted mobile phones on Enktochet.
Investigators seized 3.2 tons of cannabis, about 320 kilograms of synthetic drugs, more than 125,500 ecstasy tablets, almost 400 kilograms of cocaine and 10 kilograms of heroin.
310 weapons, more than 12,200 bullets and property worth 168 million euros were seized.
Prosecutor Busweiler said that the investigation has not been completed yet and that the data from the conversation are being checked.
“A lot of people are in custody. The data is being checked to determine if they are enough to file an indictment,” the prosecutor said.