These were the bundles of dirty cash stuffed in a bag for life discovered by police, after they uncovered a £6 million plot to import huge amounts of heroin and cocaine into the country.

The cracking of the encrypted EncroChat network led to 38-year-old dad Nathan Loftus being exposed as a high level drugs boss, responsible for importing class A drugs into the UK from Holland.

GMP said that EncroChat messages sent over a four month period revealed that Loftus purchased and imported 20 kilos of cocaine and 40 kilos of heroin, estimated to have a combined street value of £6 million.

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Loftus has now been jailed for 22 years.

The EncroChat hack also revealed he had recruited 30-year-old Sean Doyle as a driver, to courier drugs and cash.

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Police raided their homes at 6am on March 11.

At Doyle's home in Blackley, officers found £348,000.

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.

Both Loftus and Doyle used EncroChat phones, which law enforcement were able to hack into and uncover messages they had sent.

Nathan Loftus and Sean Doyle

Loftus, who had the handle 'Bigmninee' on the encrypted platform, had been in regular communication with a number of EncroChat users across Europe.

The messages also revealed he was seen as a 'go-to' man for criminals who wanted firearms, and he was linked to three semi-automatic pistols, a Browning, a Walther P22 and a Glock.

Doyle was given an Encro phone with the handle 'Minorspark'.

He was also provided with a Renault van with an 'exceptionally sophisticated' hide, so he could surreptitiously transport drugs and cash.

Doyle has been jailed for seven years.

The messages police uncovered spanned from March to June last year. They stopped being sent after law enforcement had hacked the network.

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.

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

"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."

Cash was also discovered in a bin bag

Loftus, of Wilton Drive, Bury, admitted conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine, while Doyle, of Wavertree Road, Blackley, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

Loftus also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, while Doyle admitted possession of criminal property.

Both also admitted money laundering.