Man ar­rested at air­port charged with firearms of­fence

DRUGS AND GUN RUN­NING PROBE LEADS TO RAID

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By JOHN CARLON

ONE of the men ar­rested by the Na­tional Crime Agency at Birm­ing­ham Air­port on Satur­day has been charged with a firearms of­fence.

The NCA, work­ing with Ir­ish gar­daí, ar­rested Thomas Ka­vanagh, 51, as part of in­ves­ti­ga­tion into drugs smug­gling and gun run­ning in Bri­tain and Ire­land.

Mr Ka­vanagh, who lives in Tam­worth, was de­tained as he ar­rived at Birm­ing­ham Air­port, and ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­ing to im­port and sup­ply drugs, firearms and am­mu­ni­tion, as well as money laun­der­ing.

Of­fi­cers from the NCA, Garda and Stafford­shire Po­lice, searched Thomas Ka­vanagh’s house and re­cov­ered a com­bi­na­tion torch and stun gun, classed as an il­le­gal firearm.

A state­ment re­leased by the NCA yes­ter­day said: “A 51-year-old man has been charged with pos­ses­sion of a Sec­tion 5 firearm after he was ar­rested yes­ter­day (Jan­uary 12) as part of a Na­tional Crime Agency in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sup­ply of drugs and firearms in Ire­land and the UK.

“Thomas Ka­vanagh, of Tam­worth, was de­tained as he ar­rived at Birm­ing­ham Air­port, and ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­ing to im­port and sup­ply drugs, firearms and am­mu­ni­tion, as well as money laun­der­ing.

“NCA of­fi­cers, sup­ported by col­leagues from An Garda Síochána and Stafford­shire Po­lice, con­ducted a num­ber of searches and re­cov­ered a com­bi­na­tion torch and stun gun – which is il­le­gal to own and pos­sess in the UK.”

Mr Ka­vanagh has been re­manded in cus­tody overnight and will ap­pear at North Stafford­shire Mag­is­trates court to­mor­row (Jan­uary 14).

A 20-year old man, who was ar­rested along­side Ka­vanagh at Birm­ing­ham Air­port has been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A third man, aged 19, was also ar­rested and re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Of­fi­cers at the scene of a house raid at Mile Oak, near Tam­worth

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