The leader of a Breaking Bad-style crime syndicate paid for gang members to study chemistry to run a drug lab.
John Keet, 41, set up the facility during lockdown to produce amphetamine worth £10 million a month. He was registered as the director of a series of apparently legitimate companies selling sports supplements.
Investigators from the National Crime Agency (NCA) acted on information gleaned from the Encrochat encrypted messaging network to storm the lab last April. During the raid firefighters had to tackle noxious smoke billowing from the building at Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire.
Keet, of Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, paid for gang members to take chemistry training so they could work in the lab, a converted garage.
Evidence from their conversations indicated that they learnt