23 December 2016
A man has been jailed for over 11 years following the seizure of a sawn-off shotgun and half a kilo of cocaine during a raid by National Crime Agency officers in north west London.
The operation followed the detection of Class A drugs in a parcel also containing magazines and brochures by US Customs officers at a postal depot in the United States. The parcel had been shipped from St Maarten in the Caribbean and was headed to an address in London via the US.
The discovery was referred to the NCA, and checks revealed the address, in Toucan Close, Stonebridge, was suspected of having links with street gang activity.
29-year-old Anthony Jones was arrested after accepting delivery of the parcel on Monday 4 July.
During a search of the property NCA and Metropolitan Police officers found a sawn off shotgun and six rounds of ammunition hidden beneath a kitchen cupboard.
Jones was charged with importing Class A drugs and possession of a firearm, and was found guilty following a trial at the Old Bailey. On 22 December 2016 at the same court, he was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison.
Ian Truby, from the NCA’s Heathrow border investigation team, said:
“This operation has taken a potentially deadly firearm off the streets of London.
“Working with law enforcement colleagues both abroad and at home we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the organised crime groups involved in drug trafficking and associated criminality.”