Brothers jailed for trying to smuggle guns and bullets in a microwave
Two brothers who tried to smuggle guns and bullets from US into UK inside a microwave are jailed
- Edward and Cadien Pink ordered the cache of weapons from a dealer in Florida
- They stashed four loaded pistols and 59 rounds of ammunition in the microwave
Two brothers who tried to smuggle guns and bullets into the UK from the US inside a microwave have been jailed.
Edward Pink, 46, and Cadien Pink, 41, ordered a deadly cache of weapons from a US dealer who put the firearms inside the microwave to arrive in the UK from Florida.
Four loaded pistols, including two Glock 19 Gen 5s, a Glock 17 Gen 5 and one Taurus G2C plus 59 rounds of ammunition were stashed in the microwave.
At Croydon Crown Court, Edward Pink, of Streatham, south west London, was jailed for 12 years and Cadien Pink, from Addlestone, Surrey, was sent to prison for 14 years over all the offences.
Both brothers were convicted of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life at the trial that finished earlier this month.
Edward Pink (left), 46, and Cadien Pink (right), 41, ordered a deadly cache of weapons from a US dealer who put the firearms inside the microwave to arrive in the UK from Florida
Four loaded pistols, including two Glock 19 Gen 5s, a Glock 17 Gen 5 and one Taurus G2C plus 59 rounds of ammunition were stashed in the microwave
All the serial numbers had been taken off the guns before being sent last June, police said.
But Homeland Security in the US intercepted the parcel delivery from Florida and the pair were arrested.
The package was destined for a business address in Newham, east London, before it was scanned and found to contain a string of suspicious objects.
The two offenders contacted their American buyers in a bid to ship the guns to the UK.
The firearms were seized by US authorities who contacted the Met’s Specialist Crime Command and a joint proactive investigation was launched.
Cadien Pink denied any involvement when questioned by police in London.
Officers had a recorded voice note from his mobile phone in which he was told by the US contact he was ordering the guns from to name his make, model and specification.
The package in the microwave was destined for a business address in Newham, east London, before it was scanned and found to contain a string of suspicious objects
But he insisted this discussion was nothing to do with guns and related to hair clippers for his mobile barbering business.
Detective Chief Inspector Ant Jones, the Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command, said after the sentencing: ‘The Met has fantastic working relationships with partner law enforcement agencies all over the world.
‘It’s because of our work with our colleagues in HSI that we have successfully prevented a number of lethal weapons from falling into the wrong hands here; and successfully brought to justice those who conspired to import them for use on the streets of London.
‘I’ve no doubt that this partnership working means that lives will have been saved as a result.
‘Firearms are inextricably linked to gangs, drugs markets and organised crime groups and we will stop at nothing to disrupt the use and supply of firearms on the streets of London.’
Tim Hemker, Homeland Security Investigations’ London Attaché, added: ‘Homeland Security Investigations values its partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and today’s sentences highlight the impact exemplary international collaboration can have on the safety of communities we serve.
‘HSI will continue to work with international law enforcement partners to investigate and combat transnational organized crimes, like weapons smuggling, to help bring criminals to justice that seek to circumvent laws and do harm worldwide.’
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