Three People Jailed For Importing Pistols From Germany

26th February 2015

Three people have been jailed for a total of 30 years in connection with the importation of semi-automatic machine pistols and ammunition from Germany.

Alexander Mullings, 23 yrs; Emily Ciantar, 20 yrs and Spencer Inglis, 24 yrs, were sentenced today, Thursday 26 February, at The Old Bailey following their earlier convictions for firearms offences.

On 12 April 2014, acting on intelligence, armed police conducted a search warrant at the home address of defendant Spencer Inglis. Inside the property, officers found cash, drugs, and a bag containing a Skorpion sub-machine gun (SMG) and ammunition. Inglis was arrested and taken into custody.

As part of inquiries into this investigation, on 15 May officers seized a second Skorpion after it was discovered within a package being delivered by a courier company to an address in north London.

A third Skorpion was subsequently intercepted on 19 June on its arrival at a delivery depot in Coventry. It was destined for another north London address.

Officers from the Trident Gang Command were able to link the three firearms to Alexander Mullings, who had orchestrated their importation into the UK from his cell at Wandsworth Prison using concealed smart phones.

The court heard how he communicated by text and email in order to arrange delivery of the firearms in the post and also carried out Google searches researching firearms.

Phone records and other evidence linked Mullings to the other defendants, who were responsible for taking delivery of the firearms and moving them between locations. Evidence showed that the first Skorpion recovered by police on 12 April was delivered to the location by Ciantar in a minicab from North London.

Phone evidence showed that Ciantar also travelled to Reading to collect a Zoraki 925 handgun in another postal package. Ciantar unpacked the firearm and took a series of photos of it on her mobile phone to send to Mullings. 

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves of Trident said, "These Skorpion sub-machine guns are some of the most dangerous weapons I have ever seen reach the hands of UK criminals. They are relatively small and easy to conceal, but they can fire semi-automatic rounds. What's more, the group had managed to find a supplier who was willing to sell them high quality ammunition.

"Alex Mullings dominated this group and even convinced the others to present a string of lies in court to protect him.

"Police acted quickly to investigate the links between the members of this group and recover the firearms. Since the defendants were arrested, we have continued to investigate in order to track down any remaining weapons that may have been brought into the country in the same way. Consequently, a number of additional arrests have been made and further firearms recovered as a direct result of inquiries stemming from Mullings and his network. These investigations remain ongoing. We have also recovered thousands of rounds of ammunition. I have no doubt this has prevented shootings from taking place."

The officer in the case was commended by HHR Farrell for his preparation of a complex case; and fairness and objectivity under cross examination in presentation of the evidence.

Gun crime in London remains at a low level. Trident will continue to conduct proactive intelligence-led operations targeting the organised criminals who seek to supply firearms to gangs in London.

In 2014-15 financial year to date, 146 firearms have been recovered as a result of Trident investigations. In addition to this, Trident ran a pan-London firearms surrender in November 2014 resulting in the recovery of 357 firearms - of which 222 were 'live-firing' - and over 12,000 rounds of ammunition.

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