See 3 Nigerian Men Jailed In UK For 40 Years For Dealing In Firearms And Drugs

Three Nigerian men have been jailed in the United Kingdom for 40 years
for conspiring to transport firearms and drugs into the UK via
Eurotunnel.

On Friday 17 May at Woolwich Crown Court, Kennedy
Udo, 28 of Avery Hill Road, Eltham, SE9 was sentenced to eight years and
six months, having been found guilty of conspiracy to supply drugs and
being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on
the importation of goods, Metropolitan Police reports.

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Michael
Mgbedike, 22 of Spur Road, Orpington, BR6 was sentenced to eight years,
having been found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Previously,
on 7 September 2018, Emmanuel Okubote, 27 of Evan Cook Close, Peckham,
SE15 was found guilty of conspiracy to supply firearms with intent to
endanger life, conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger
life, conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possessing ammunition with
intent to endanger life.

He was sentenced to 23.5 years’ imprisonment on 9 November 2018.

The sentences follow a proactive operation by the Trident and Area Crime Command, working with Border Force.

On
12 August 2017, two loaded firearms, ammunition and a sound moderator
were recovered in Coquelles in France, in a car destined for Folkestone.
The car was seized and subsequently 990 grams of high purity cocaine
were recovered from inside the car’s roof cavity.

Udo and
Mgbedike were arrested at the scene and subsequently charged. An
investigation was launched by the Trident and Area Crime Command and
Okubote and a woman were arrested in the early hours of 13 August.

They
were charged with firearms offences in January 2018 when a loaded
firearm was recovered from an address in Torcross Drive, Forest Hill.

Okubote’s
fingerprints were recovered from a carrier bag in which the firearm was
held in and his DNA was recovered from two parts of the firearm. In
addition, a firearm was recovered from a vehicle in North London where
Okubote’s fingerprint was also found on the bag that contained the
firearm.

Detectives established that the men had made several
trips to Amsterdam, via Eurotunnel, during the months of July and August
2017.

It is believed that at least three importations of
prohibited firearms and drugs had taken place. Okubote was established
to be the main orchestrator in the conspiracy, using others with little
or no previous criminal history to work for him.

DC Sarah Smart of Trident, said:

“This conviction demonstrates the close working partnership between
Trident, Border Force and the Crown Prosecution Service in pursuit of
the country’s most dangerous criminals.

“Emmanuel Okubote,
along with Michael Mgbedike and Kennedy Udo were intent on importing
loaded firearms and drugs through the UK’s borders, bringing misery to
the communities that we serve.

The collaborative work between
agencies, as well as between different departments and experts within
the Met, has undoubtedly saved lives. This demonstrates that law
enforcement agencies will relentlessly pursue those who carry, and those
who facilitate the movement of firearms and drugs into and within the
UK.

“The Metropolitan Police Service, as well as other law
enforcement agencies, are committed to making the UK a hostile
environment for these criminals to operate.”

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