Birmingham gun gang to spend an extra 51 and a half years behind bars
9th March 2016
A gang of men from Birmingham who were jailed for supplying guns and ammunition to criminals across the country are going to spend an extra 51 and a half years in prison following a decision by the Court of Appeal today (9 March).
They were all caught in a major undercover operation in summer 2014 by the West Midlands Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit with support from the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).
In total 18 men were given custodial sentences in November 2015 and January 2016 including the 'untouchable' Nosakhere Stephenson, who was known to his contacts as 'Nosa'.
Far left - Nosakhere Stephenson
Far right - Sundish Nazran
Top row L/R - Amar Ghalib, Clinton Officer, Joynal Abdin, Louis McDermott
Second row L/R - Darren Mentore, Fitzroy Ducram, Mohammed Fedar, Mohammed Selu Miah
Third row L/R - Ifran Hussain, Jamal Shaka Smith, Muhammed Ullah, Rowan Gul
Bottom row L/R - Janed Mohammed, Joga Mattu, Theodore Junior Wiggan, Usman Hussain
A judge today quashed the original sentences and ordered increased jail terms for 16 offenders. In total the gang will be spending just over 51 and a half extra years behind bars - that's more than 200 years in prison.
Detectives intercepted the movement of weapons from suppliers to buyers on five separate occasions, resulting in the recovery of a total of eight firearms, including a MAC-10 machine gun and pump action shotgun found buried in a garden in Aston, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Detective Chief Superintendent Joanne Chilton the Head of NABIS said: "Gun crime disproportionately impacts the communities that we serve and the increase in sentencing for these individuals involved in the use, supply and distribution of firearms sends a strong message to criminals in the UK that we will not tolerate guns being used in our communities."
For more details visit the West Midlands Police website at:
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