The court heard how Phillips supplied at least 12kg of cocaine and 34kg of cannabis during the period of his offending.
Arrest attempts were made at Phillips’ home address on 26 October 2021, but officers were unable to locate him.
It was quickly established that he’d fled to another country and a manhunt was subsequently launched.
SOCU worked jointly with the National Crime Agency’s international liaison officer network and Dutch authorities after an EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement was issued in February 2022.
Phillips was detained and arrested as he left a house in Haarlem, Netherlands on 30 March 2022.
He was sentenced on Friday 20 October at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis.
Detective Inspector Nick Henderson, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “We have been relentless in pursuing those who have so far been identified as using the secretive encrypted device in order to commit organised crime, and this will continue.
“Phillips, like many criminals, believed EncroChat would always be a safe and secure service to message freely and openly without being detected.
“He reaped the rewards of his criminality, but it was always going to catch up with him. Thanks to the work undertaken by law enforcement to take down the platform and the work of detectives who the analysed the messages he is now behind bars.”