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Essex man jailed for possessing firearms

News   •   Mar 09, 2018 15:22 GMT

Mark McGlew

A man has been sentenced to 15 years in jail after he admitted possessing four firearms and 420 rounds of ammunition.

Mark McGlew 44 (15.7.73) of Pall Mall, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, was arrested as the result of a joint operation by officers from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, assisted by Essex Police Firearms Unit.

He was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 9 March after he pleaded guilty to possession of firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of three prohibited firearms, possession of ammunition and possession with intent to supply amphetamine.

McGlew was stopped near to his home address on 8 November last year as part of an intelligence-led operation.

A subsequent search of his home recovered four firearms, 420 rounds of ammunition and 28 kilograms of amphetamine.

Detective Inspector Steve Meechan, of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command said: "This was a complex investigation, driven by a wealth of intelligence sourced and secured by Met Trident officers, targeting organised criminal gangs actively involved in the illegal supply of firearms and controlled drugs.

"The weapons, ammunition and drugs recovered in this case were destined for criminal fraternities across London and Essex, including those involved in gang violence. I have no doubt that removing them from circulation has prevented death or serious injury.

"The substantial custodial sentence handed down to this defendant today, should act as a significant deterrent to those involved in all aspects of gang related crime.

"Trident officers will continue to work tirelessly with our partners and neighbouring forces to disrupt and detect such criminality, helping prevent significant harm to the communities of London and the home counties."