Three Men Jailed After Police Seize Sawn Off Shotgun
20th March 2015
Three men have been jailed at Croydon Crown Court today, Friday 20 March, for a combined total of 13 years after a police operation led to officers seizing a sawn-off shotgun from an address in Croydon.
Cornell Burrell, 29 (29.11.85) of Opal Street, SE11 was sentenced to five years and four months for possession of a prohibited weapon (namely a sawn-off shotgun) and four years to run concurrently for shortening a shotgun.
Junior Lewis, 30 (07.10.84) of no fixed abode was sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment for possession of a prohibited weapon (namely a sawn-off shotgun), four years to run concurrently for shortening a shotgun and four months to run concurrently for possession of Class A drugs, namely cocaine.
Tony Daly, 47 (09.04.67) of Norbury Crescent, SW16 was sentenced to two years for possession of a prohibited weapon (namely a sawn-off shotgun), two years to run concurrently for shortening a shotgun and four months to run consecutively for supplying cannabis.
On Thursday, 18 September, 2014, officers from the Met's Trident Gang Crime Command, with support from local Croydon officers, the Met's helicopter and armed officers, raided an address in Norbury Crescent, Croydon, where they discovered a sawn-off shotgun.
Daly, Lewis and Burrell, who were all present at the address, were arrested when officers found the shotgun in the process of being shortened.
Police found Lewis in possession of a receipt from a DIY store and when they made further enquiries, detectives discovered that he had purchased a hack-saw and several blades.
Officers also established that both Lewis and Burrell had been to another local DIY store together, to enquire about buying metal files - with the saw, blades and file they had all the tools required to shorten a shotgun barrel.
Forensic examiners found fibres from Lewis' jumper on the weapon and both he and Burrell pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of a prohibited weapon and shortening a shotgun on Friday, 23 January.
Police also found evidence that one of the rooms in the house, which was Daly's home address, had been used to produce cannabis, with hydroponic equipment, lighting and soil found at the premises.
Daly was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, shortening a shotgun and supplying cannabis. He pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis, but following a two-day trial at Croydon Crown Court he was also found guilty of all offences.
Detective Inspector Paul Dorey, from Trident, who oversaw the investigation said:
"Thanks to the coordinated efforts of officers from my unit, local officers and other specialist units today, three dangerous individuals have been jailed and a lethal firearm has been removed from the streets of London.
"This case highlights that we actively pursue people who engage in the carrying and distribution of weapons, we will not allow such people to go undetected."
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