Man arrested for possessing firearm
A 51-YEAR-OLD man arrested on arrival at Birmingham Airport has been charged with possessing a firearm.
Thomas Kavanagh, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, was detained at the airport on Saturday as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation into the supply of drugs and firearms in Ireland and the UK.
Kavanagh was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import and supply drugs, firearms and ammunitions, as well as money laundering, the NCA said.
NCA officers, colleagues from An Garda Siochana – Ireland’s National Police and Security Service – and Staffordshire Police, recovered a combination torch and stun gun – illegal in the UK.
Kavanagh was charged with possession of a Section 5 firearm, remanded in custody and will appear before North Staffordshire Magistrates on Monday. Two other men, aged 19 and 20, who were also arrested, have been released under investigation