Men Jailed After Conspiracy To Transfer Guns
12th May 2017
Four men have been sentenced to a combined total of 62 years in jail after they were convicted of a conspiracy to transfer 12 guns.
The men were arrested after officers from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command executed a search warrant at an address in Ferrier Point, Canning Town on 21 May 2016.
Police found 11 Makarov-type self-loading pistols with silencers and a Russian AKS-74U assault rifle, as well as 107 handgun cartridges and 30 rifle cartridges.
Analysis of telephone communication between the defendants revealed that Ahmed Mudhir was acting as the broker to sell the firearms and ammunition.
Mindaugas Vasauskas, Ahmed Adam and James Radford were also identified as being involved in the prospective sale of the guns.
Following a six-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, which finished on Thursday, 6 April, three of the men were found guilty. Mudhir pleaded guilty at the start of the trial.
The four men, who were all convicted of a charge of conspiracy to sell/transfer prohibited weapons and a charge of conspiracy to acquire ammunition, received the following sentences on Friday, 12 May:
Ahmed Mudhir, 33 (5.12.83) of Star Lane, Canning Town, was sentenced to 22 years' imprisonment.
Mindaugas Vasuaskas, 26 (30.08.90) of Brookwood Road, Hounslow, was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment.
Ahmed Adam, 23 (6.06.93) of Warwall, Beckton, was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.
James Radford, 29 (2.08.87) of Albert Walk, North Woolwich, was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.
Detective Inspector Danny Young, of the Met's Trident team, said: "As a result of the proactive work of Trident officers, 12 firearms have been taken off the streets of London.
"We will relentlessly pursue anyone involved in the buying and selling of these deadly weapons and ensure they are brought to justice.
"The lengthy custodial sentences handed to the defendants should act as a warning to anyone involved in the trade of firearms."
Garth Tulloch, 23 (9.09.93) of Hackney; Chavez Nixon-Boucher, 22 (20.11.94) of Ilford; and, Ahmed Aboker, 36 (30.08.80) of Canning Town, were all found not guilty of conspiracy to transfer 12 guns.