A former nightclub owner is the latest high-profile individual to face major criminal charges connected to the cracking of the EncroChat phone network.
Gerard Robert McCann (50), who is originally from west Belfast but is now based in Holywood, Co Down, will appear in court next month accused of nine counts of cocaine and cannabis importation, drug dealing and money laundering.
He was arrested on July 9 when officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and PSNI raided his plush home on Seapark Lane, where houses reach the £400,000 mark.
McCann is known to have links to Spain and is the former owner of Belfast city centre's Club Mono.
In Companies House records he lists his occupation as a builder and company director.
Cops who searched his home seized more than £10,000 in cash, a motorised scooter, mobile phones, a laptop, documentation and a small quantity of class B drugs.
McCann is the latest high-profile figure to face charges arising from the UK-wide probe known as Operation Venetic.
The investigation also led to the arrest of ex-GAA star Peter Loughran, who won the All-Ireland football championship with Tyrone in 2003.
The 45-year-old from Dungannon, who is on remand in Maghaberry Prison, is accused of smuggling millions of pounds of cocaine and cannabis into Northern Ireland and laundering vast sums of cash.
Sources close to Operation Venetic told Sunday Life that dealers were experiencing a province-wide shortage of drugs because of its success.
"Cocaine and cannabis just aren't being moved in the same quantities as they were before - there is a major drought," explained a security insider.
"Dozens of big-time drug dealers used EncroChat phones and those that haven't been arrested have gone to ground fearing they are going to be lifted."
EncroChat was used by senior criminals throughout Europe to conduct drugs and arms deals and plan murders.
The network was breached by an unknown security service - potentially Israeli, French or Dutch - on March 25, but it took another two and a half months for the company to realise its servers had been compromised.
It sent a warning text at the beginning of June, telling users it could no longer guarantee the network was secure and urging them to destroy their handsets, but by then it was too late as police forces across the continent had made hundreds of arrests and seized millions of pounds of drugs.
The devices cost up to £2,000 and operated on wifi networks, with users only able to send and receive text and picture messages.
The coronavirus lockdown played a huge part in police identifying the criminals using the handsets.
Unable to access public wifi because bars and cafes were closed, they used internet connections in their own homes to organise drugs and arms deals.
It was this perfect storm that led detectives directly to their doors and resulted in a £12m lorry load of cannabis - the largest find ever recorded in Northern Ireland - being intercepted at Templepatrick in June.
In a major cross-border operation the same week, the PSNI and Garda busted an illegal cigarette plant worth £3m.
Among the other major criminals fearing arrest after the Encrochat breach is a convicted drug dealer based in Co Antrim.
He is the son of a prominent west Belfast businessman and his money-laundering method was to raffle high-end cars bought with cocaine cash on social media.
Outlining the scale of Operation Venetic, the NCA's Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Freeburn said: "This has been the largest and most significant law enforcement operation ever mounted in the UK in the fight against organised crime groups.
"The organised crime groups thought that by using encrypted technology they could fly below the radar of law enforcement.
"However, this operation should send a clear message that, with the combined strength of the PSNI working in partnership with our law enforcement partners, no one is beyond the reach of the law."