Home raided as part of firearm investigation
Illegal weapons seized by Metropolitan Police
AN address in Iver has been searched as part of a joint operation in which 79 viable firearms were seized.
Investigations by the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police revealed an importation of firearms was imminent over the weekend.
This information was shared with Border Force officers based at Coquelles, France, who were able to stop a vehicle before it entered the Channel Tunnel en-route to the UK on Saturday (July 1).
Searches of the vehicle’s trailer revealed a large cache of viable 4mm and 6mm handguns and a quantity of ammunition, all hidden in specially adapted concealments in engine blocks.
Officers from the joint NCA-Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) searched an address in Iver with support from Thames Valley Police and enquiries are ongoing.
Graham Gardner, NCA Deputy Director of investigations, said: “This joint operation has resulted in a large number of viable firearms being taken out of circulation before they could reach the UK.
“Our recent threat assessment highlights that handguns are still commonly favoured by some criminal groups in the UK.
“They may not be the largest firearm, but they are easily concealable and lethal in the hands of anyone prepared to use them.
“Firearms related crime across the UK poses a significant threat to the public and the NCA are working with partners in the UK and around the world to combat this threat.
“The involvement of multiple agencies in this operation demonstrates the collective commitment to keeping people safe and maintaining the relative rarity of gun crime in the UK.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, the Metropolitan Police Service Organised Crime Partnership said: “This joint operation highlights how we can work effectively with other agencies to combat serious and organised crime.
“The seizure of these illegal firearms shows what can be achieved through cross-agency collabora- tion and we will continue to work together to protect communities, ensuring that we disrupt criminal groups from having access to these weapons.”
Two men have been charged as part of the operation into the attempted importation of illegal firearms.
Janusz Michek, 59 and Denis Kolencukov, 23, have both been charged with knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition or restriction on a prohibited weapon or ammunition, and conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so. They appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court at on Monday (July 3) and were remanded in custody.
Members of the public with possible information on illegal firearms can report it to their local police force, or anonymously to CrimeStoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.
Some of the 79 viable firearms that were seized. They were found hidden in specially adapted concealments in engine blocks, left