Enfield Man Jailed For Converting Firearms
23rd March 2016
A man who converted firearms and ammunition at his home in Enfield has been was sentenced to nearly 11 years' imprisonment.
Rakesh Patel, 39, (11.07.76) of Alma Road, Enfield was sentenced on Wednesday, 23 March at Wood Green Crown Court to:
- 10 years imprisonment for two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm;
- 10 months imprisonment for one count of cultivation of cannabis;
- Three years - to run concurrently - for five counts of possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate, one count of possession of a firearm when prohibited, and one count of attempted possession of an imitation firearm readily convertible into a firearm.
On 26 August 2015, Border Force officers intercepted a parcel from the United States which contained a handgun capable of being converted. The parcel was addressed to Rakesh Patel at Alma Road in Enfield.
On 2 September 2015, officers from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command carried out a raid on the address. Patel was arrested at the address and officers carried out a search of the premises.
Inside, police recovered a total of 11 firearms, two live firearms and nine others in various stages of conversion, along with 50 to 100 rounds of ammunition, some blanks and other manufactured ammunition. Most of the firearms were found in the kitchen. Component parts were also found, including barrels of firearms, ball bearings and metal tubing for conversion. Another firearm was found concealed in the garden.
Officers also discovered a crop of 12 mature cannabis plants in the front bedroom and the loft.
Detective Inspector Rick Sewart, from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said:"There is no doubt that these guns would have ended up in the hands of violent criminals on Britain's streets. With the help of Border Force officers, we have closed down this firearms factory, cut out a supply chain of lethal weapons, and prevented fatal shootings on the streets of London. The lengthy custodial sentence imposed demonstrates the court's recognition of the harm caused by criminals like Patel.
"This is one of many operations that Trident officers carry out throughout the year as part of the Met's commitment to taking guns off our streets and tackling those responsible for gun crime head on. I would urge anyone who has information about individuals involved in gun crime to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."