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#160 – Carl Galvin

Published January 21, 2024

An Inside Look at Organised Crime in Britain

Operation Ringtail culminated in convictions following the smashing of a drugs ring who smuggled more than £1.5 billion worth of cocaine into the UK, hidden in boxes of frozen chicken. 

Leading the investigation was this week’s guest, Detective Chief Superintendent Carl Galvin – Head of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit.

Carl talks about his 25 years as a covert operative, the ever-changing face of organised crime & how his expert teams work to stay ahead of the criminals. New crimes are constantly emerging, like the 3D printing of automatic weapons destined for terrorists which led to the first UK conviction for privately manufactured firearms. 

Serious and organised crime is estimated to cost the UK taxpayer a staggering £47 billion a year, making it the most significant national security threat to our economy.