Illicit Armourers Jailed After Trident Investigation

14th November 2015

An illicit network of armourers supplying guns and ammunition to the criminal underworld has been sentenced to almost 19 years' imprisonment on Friday 13 November.

The jury at Croydon Crown Court heard that officers from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command carried out an extensive investigation into the activities of the gang, which led to the recovery of five hand guns, 300 rounds of ammunition, 2,000 bullet casings and equipment used in the manufacturing of firearms and ammunition.

James Walsh, 40 (01.06.75) of Wilkinson Gardens, Croydon, was found guilty of conspiracy to sell or transfer firearms on 22 October. He also previously pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon, namely a Magnum revolver. He was sentenced to a total of nine years' imprisonment.

Henry (Harry) McGuire, 62 (22.04.53) of Branksome Road, Lambeth, was found guilty of conspiracy to sell or transfer firearms and was sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

Maxwell Jarrett, 29 (30.04.86) of Highfield Hill, Croydon, was found guilty of conspiracy to sell or transfer firearms and was sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment.

John Remi, 48 (07.08.67) of Derwent Road, Bromley, was found guilty of encouraging or assisting in the selling or transfer of firearms and was sentenced to fifteen months imprisonment.

Jason Flemming, 41 (09.08.74) of Martell Road, Lambeth, was found guilty of encouraging or assisting in the selling or transfer firearms and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

The court heard how Trident officers obtained evidence of Walsh holding meetings with his co-defendants in a large shed located in his garden, where they discussed the supply of firearms.

On 10 March, Trident carried out simultaneous raids of Walsh's and McGuire's addresses. A Magnum revolver was found at Walsh's address.

A search of McGuire's address in Brixton revealed an armoury in the first floor bedroom, containing in excess of 2,000 homemade bullet casings and bullet heads, along with a bullet press with associated bullet dyes, moulds and re-loading equipment. Black gunpowder and live ammunition of different calibres were also seized.

Bomb disposal experts attended following the discovery of inert grenades, mortars, railway detonator caps, industrial bangers and flare explosive devices concealed within the address. Also seized were manuals on how to make ammunitions and bombs.

Detective Inspector Paul Dorey from Trident, who oversaw the investigation said: "We are pleased with the sentencing of these five dangerous criminals, who were intent on endangering people's lives through the supply of firearms to south London gangs. Following a complex and protracted investigation by Trident officers, a number of firearms, ammunition and manufacturing equipment has been seized together with manuals featuring instructions on homemade firearm and bomb making assembly.

"These convictions serve as another reminder to anybody involved in the possession, supply and use of firearms that officers from Trident will continue to actively pursue and place them before the courts."

Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth said: "This is a great result for Trident officers, whose determination to bring down this illicit 'business' has paid off. The weapons these men were supplying had the potential to wreak havoc. The streets of the capital are significantly safer with these men behind bars."

+ Separate investigations have seen two men convicted and sentenced for possession of firearms linked to Walsh, McGuire and Jarrett:

Tyrone Thomas, 29 (22.08.86) of Copleston Road, Southwark received nine years' imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court on 20 August 2014 for three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

On 25 February 2014, Trident officers raided an address in Selhurst Road and found three firearms hidden in the loft.

Police recovered one Beretta pistol with a loaded magazine, one Colt revolver loaded with three rounds of ammunition and one small revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition. Several bags containing more than 150 rounds of ammunition were also seized.

Noel Bartley, 32 (27.02.83) of Knollys Road, Lambeth, received eight years' imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on 25 September 2014 for possession of a loaded Colt .455 revolver and 24 rounds of ammunition.

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