Soldier Convicted Of Passing On Bullets
6th March 2020
A serving soldier has been found guilty of passing on military-issue bullets.
Ralstan Pusey, 31 (29.09.88) of Norfolk, NR20 was found guilty of possession of prohibited ammunition (contrary to the Firearms Act 1968) after a three-day trial at Kingston Crown Court which concluded on Wednesday, 4 March.
Pusey will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 3 April.
On 9 November 2016, officers stopped a vehicle in Luton and recovered a loaded handgun and 97 rounds of 9mm Parabellum ammunition.
The driver of the car was arrested and convicted of possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment in June 2017.
Further enquiries were made into the source of the ammunition, with officers from the Met's Specialist Crime South team leading the investigation.
The bullets was found in two containers, one an iPhone box - these were found within a bag in the vehicle.
Officers made enquiries about the IMEI number on the iPhone box and found it was linked to Pusey, a Lance Corporal with 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, a cavalry regiment of the British Army.
The ammunition and the boxes were forensically tested, and his fingerprints were found on the containers.
Pusey was arrested in April 2017 and denied handling, stealing, passing on or having any knowledge of the bullets.
Detectives were able to ascertain that the rounds of ammunition recovered came from a batch which was manufactured in July 2010 for the British Military.
Part of the batch saw 11,000 rounds sent to Germany in September 2013 and February 2014.
The court heard that it was believed that Pusey obtained the ammunition while stationed in Germany, having taken part in firing range exercises.
Pusey was charged in July 2019.
Detective Constable Leon Ure said: "This was an unusual case which opened up as the result of meticulous forensic work. Officers were able to narrow down the source of the bullets to the British Army, and a jury was convinced that it was Pusey who had passed the bullets on.
"Possessing ammunition is a very serious offence - criminals intent on using firearms to commit violence on London's streets provide a black market for ammunition, to be used in shootings linked to gang violence and organised crime."
Pusey was found not guilty of theft.+ Pusey's co-defendant, Richard Campbell, 36 (27.11.1983) of no fixed abode, previously pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court to possession of prohibited ammunition, and was jailed for one year in August 2019. His fingerprint was found on a single bullet recovered from the vehicle.