A man has been jailed for firearms offences after forensic work by officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command linked him to a gun and ammunition found in discarded bags.
Imran Mustafa, 22 (28.11.95) from Whitchurch Road, Kensington, W11, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm (count one), and possession of ammunition (count two) at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 9 February.
He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for count one and two years’ imprisonment for count two, to run concurrently.
On 14 June 2015, officers were called to an address in Bassett Road, Kensington W10, on an unrelated matter.
Whilst making enquires at an address, the officers could hear movement inside a flat and became aware of property being thrown from the building.
A search of the area around the building located two rucksacks, which were found to contain a semi automatic handgun, a magazine containing rounds of ammunition, and 14 further rounds of ammunition in a sock. At this point, it was unclear from which property the bags had been thrown.
An investigation was launched by the Trident North West Reactive team. Enquires led detectives to Mustafa, who also matched the description of a male seen leaving Roebuck House on that day.
Forensic enquiries resulted in evidence that linked Mustafa to the firearm and ammunition and he was arrested for these offences on 22 May 2017. Mustafa admitted having visited the block of flats but initially denied the allegation. However, when he appeared in court he entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity.
Detective Constable Fay Brown, the investigating officer from the Trident North West Reactive team, said: “This has been a long and painstaking enquiry but Mustafa is now facing the consequences of his actions and will spend a long time in prison for his offences.”
Detective Sergeant Mark Attridge, added: “The sentence today should send a message to those who seek to possess illegal firearms. Trident officers continue to work tirelessly to track down suspects involved in gun crime and place them before the courts."
= A 23-year-old man was found not guilty of possession of ammunition following a trial.