Thomas Maher Biography — Wiki
Thomas Maher is a wealthy haulage boss who used an encrypted phone network as he helped transport £1.5million worth of cocaine from the Netherlands to Ireland and has been jailed for 14 years. Maher appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today after previously admitting to four counts of conspiracy to commit a crime abroad.
The court heard Maher played a role in conspiracies to traffic around £1.5million worth of cocaine to Ireland via the UK and launder about £1million in cash.
Thomas Maher Age
Irishman Thomas Maher, of Warrington, Cheshire, is 40 years old. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Thomas Maher jailed after transporting £1.5million worth of cocaine from the Netherlands to Ireland
Thomas Maher used encrypted phone network Encrochat – which was accessed by law enforcement agencies across Europe earlier this year – to plan the transportation, the court heard. Sentencing him, Judge David Aubrey QC said: ‘You were an extremely important cog in the wheel of a sophisticated network of distribution of class A controlled drugs which had an international element.’
‘You were a trusted organizer, playing a part in where goods were to be exchanged, how parties would be able to identify each other when drugs were to be conveyed and how.
‘Drugs cause desperation and misery, they are cancer in our midst, but for those like you it matters not as long as financial profit is being achieved.’
Maher, who used the Encrochat handles Satirical and Snacker for his messages was arrested in October last year after the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in a shipping container in Essex but was never charged in connection with the deaths.
A spokesman for the National Crime Agency said officers seized vehicles including a high-end Range Rover, Land Rover Discovery and an imported Corvette worth £70,000 following his arrest. He spent thousands on holidays in Dubai, Mexico and New York and while in Dubai bought artwork including a map of the world made up of bullets.
The judge said Maher, owner of Thomas Maher Transport Ltd, provided ‘expertise’ from owning a haulage business within the operation.
What we know so far about Thomas Maher
Catherine Rabaiotti, prosecuting, said Thomas Maher was arrested at his home on June 13, the same day Encrochat issued an alert telling users it had been compromised.
Neither of the two Encrochat devices linked to him was recovered, the court heard.
Ms. Rabaiotti said messages showed him acting as a go-between and ‘logistics manager’.
She said: ‘Passwords, times, details of stops and prices were passed through the defendant acting as a middle-man for the parties.’
John Dye, defending, said Maher received between 3,000 and 5,000 euros (£2,700-£4,500) for the plots he was charged with involvement in.
He said: ‘That’s a very small amount compared to the value of the overall conspiracy.’
Mr. Dye said Maher had pleaded guilty and not attempted to legally challenge the evidence from the Encrochat devices, adding: ‘He has been brave enough to put up his hands as quickly as possible and not mess the court around.’
A count of conspiracy to commit a crime abroad – that of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to Ronan Hughes in Ireland between April 21 and 29 this year – was ordered to lie on the file after Maher pleaded not guilty.
Haulier Hughes, 40, from Co Armagh in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey in August to 39 counts of manslaughter following the deaths of the Vietnamese migrants.