Two Men Jailed For Importing Firearms
18th June 2015
Two men have been jailed today, Thursday, 18 June, for importing firearms into the United Kingdom.
As part of an intelligence-led police operation, officers saw one of the men, a lorry driver, hand a supermarket carrier bag to the other man at around 13:30hrs on Friday, 27 February.
The bag, which contained six firearms, had been brought into the UK from the Czech Republic by Martin Marada, 41, a lorry driver who was driving a legitimate consignment into the country.
He handed the bag to Christopher Godek, 33, at Clacket Lane Services on the M25 in Surrey.
Met officers arrested Godek at the services. The bag in his possession was found to contain two loaded Scorpion sub-machine guns, four loaded handguns and over 400 rounds of ammunition suitable for all six weapons.
The lorry was stopped on the M25 a few miles away and Marada was arrested.
They both pleaded guilty to importation of firearms into the country.
Christopher Godek, 33, (3.2.82), of Prague (a Czech and UK dual-national) pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, 8 June, to importing firearms into the UK. He was jailed for a total of 16 years.
Martin Marada, 41, (23.4.74), a Czech national of Bruno, Czech Republic pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, 15 June, to importation of firearms into the UK. He was jailed for a total of eight years.
Neither man has a permanent address in the UK.
Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, of the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "Reducing gang-related violence is a Metropolitan Police priority. The seizure of these weapons sends a clear message that we will arrest those persons bringing firearms into London, and continue to disrupt gang related criminality."
Detective Inspector Yvonne Brown, of the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "Firearm offences of any kind are taken very seriously by Trident and the Met. We will continue to investigate robustly all allegations of this nature in order to keep the public safe from harm."
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