These are the chilling messages sent by a drugs gang when conspiring to commit murder after being shot.

The hacking of the EncroChat network helped police recover a haul of weapons including an AK47 and an Uzi, as well as a gun and ammunition buried in a back garden.

Seven men face lengthy jail sentences after sinister messages were revealed from the encrypted devices, the MEN reports.

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A plot to 'hit back' after a shooting in Salford was laid bare, as well as deals to sell an AK47, an Uzi sub machine gun and drugs conspiracies.

Police extradited one gun runner from Spain after catching him in the Costa del Sol.

The National Crime Agency said officers also recovered two AK47 assault rifles, an Uzi and Skorpion sub machine guns and 300 rounds of ammunition.

Those caught out by the EncroChat hack are set to be sentenced in the New Year.

A trial being held at Manchester Crown Court ended as some men changed their pleas.

"Get a location for this kid and we will end it," was one of the chilling messages police found when law enforcement were able to hack into the system.

Sent by Umair Zaheer to Brandon Moore, 24, and Jordan Waring, 23, it revealed how the latter two wanted revenge against a man after they were both shot in Kersal, Salford, last April.

Zaheer, 34, from Eccles, was helping them in their bid to 'hit back'.

An EncroChat message from a device used by Moore and Waring said: "Oh yes he's a dead man."

The plot ultimately came to nothing.

Another EncroChat message unmasked Zaheer as a gun runner.

Using the EncroChat handle 'Assassin's creed', Zaheer sent a list of weapons for sale to another user, including an Uzi, a Skorpion machine gun and an AK47.

Robert Brazendale worked with Zaheer and acted as a courier and driver.

He used a red Citroen van for the handover of an AK47 and ammunition, in a £10,500 deal.

The back garden in Warrington where police discovered guns and ammunition buried
The back garden in Warrington where police discovered guns and ammunition buried

Brazendale was responsible for taking £37,000 in cash during a handover in a Tesco car park.

A deal to buy a Skorpion, Uzi and revolver had been agreed, with the meeting place being Tesco in Thelwall, Warrington, with Brazendale arriving on a bicycle.

The deal was done, with the guns and ammunition later being found by police in Brent, London.

A deal involving another AK47 was also uncovered.

The gun was later found by police in a roof void at a business park in Warrington.

Another conspirator, Bilal Khan, sent a message to Zaheer after the seizure of the AK47.

"Bro they found it.

"Makes zero sense but NCA (the National Crime Agency) have that AK."

Brazendale was brought back to the UK to face justice, after being arrested in Estepona on the Costa del Sol in October last year.

During a search of a house linked to Brazendale, police dug up the back garden and made a disturbing discovery.

Two packages containing guns and ammunition were found, after EncroChat messages had tipped them off.

Zaheer, Moore, Waring and another man, 23-year-old Louis Coleman, had gone on trial and denied conspiracy to murder.

Zaheer, Moore and Waring, all of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to an alternative count of conspiring to possess firearms or ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Coleman, of Pendlecroft Avenue, Salford, was acquitted of both counts.

Zaheer pleaded guilty to a separate conspiracy to possess firearms or ammunition with intent to endanger life, as did Bilal Khan, 33, of Mersey Road, Didsbury, and another man, Hitesh Patel, 27, of Garden Lane, Chester.

Brazendale, of Selworthy Drive, Warrington, admitted conspiring to transfer prohibited weapons.

Zaheer and Coleman also admitted drugs offences, both pleading guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine.

Zaheer pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cannabis, and Coleman pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply ketamine.

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