31 October 2017
A man who handed a 16-year-old boy a sawn-off shotgun has been jailed for six years following an investigation by the joint National Crime Agency (NCA) and Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
OCP officers watched Kenneth Lee, 47, leave his house with the boy, who was later found to have a shotgun in his rucksack and a knife.
The shotgun is believed to have been destined for use by organised criminals in London.
Lee, who was banned from possessing a gun after a previous conviction for shotgun possession, was sentenced to a concurrent four-and-a-half year tariff for flouting the ban and a concurrent two months for crack cocaine possession today at Wood Green Crown Court.
Lee kept the gun and the drugs in the house he shared with his elderly father.
OCP officers searched Lee’s house following a surveillance operation and found shotgun stocks, sawn off shotgun barrels and a wrap containing the drugs, as well as materials used to reactivate the weapon.
The boy was sentenced to eight months in a youth detention centre following the operation after a lock knife fell out of his clothes while he was being held by OCP officers.
The operation was part of an investigation into the criminal supply of firearms in London.
Clare Meehan, operations manager at the OCP, said: “A sawn-off shotgun is a seriously nasty weapon capable of inflicting devastating damage on targets and bystanders.
“Anyone carrying or smuggling a gun or preparing one for criminal use is a serious threat to Londoners’ safety.
“The NCA and Met officers of the Organised Crime Partnership are determined to find the criminals using these weapons and bring them before the courts.”