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Man who created makeshift drugs and weapons lab in his home jailed

News   •   May 29, 2019 15:59 BST

A man who created a makeshift laboratory and workshop in his home to create drugs and weapons has been jailed.

Glenn Brigham, 35 (15.6.1983) of Ewen House, Caledonian Road, N1 was charged with the following:

6 x possession of a prohibited weapon
1 x production of Class B drugs
1 x possession of Class B drugs

Brigham admitted the offences and was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, 24 May.

He was jailed as the result of an intelligence-led investigation carried out by officers from the Met’s Central North Basic Command Unit (BCU).

On 11 October 2018 officers carried out a search warrant at Brigham’s home address.

They discovered the entire kitchen was being used as an improvised laboratory in which Brigham was producing a cannabis derivative called 'shatter'. Officers recovered more than 600g of the cannabis derivative and a further 5kg of cannabis from the address.

Officers also discovered six prohibited firearms, a number of imitation firearms, and a number of part converted firearms.

One of the prohibited firearms was found in the back of Brigham’s wheelchair, located at the end of his bed. The others were found loose in his bedroom. All six firearms were in working order and capable of firing tear gas cartridges.

Officers also recovered two handgun frames, empty magazines, a slide bolt and ammunition which was concealed behind a toilet in the bathroom of the address.

A pillar drill and saw which could be used to convert firearms and a bullet mould capable of producing ammunition were also seized.

Detective Sargent Natalie O’Farrell from the Met’s Central North Basic Command Unit (BCU) led the investigation.

She said: “What we found when we entered Brigham’s address was nothing short of a makeshift drugs and firearms factory. What used to be a kitchen had been turned into an improvised laboratory and other rooms of his property had been converted into workshops. Prohibited firearms were found scattered throughout the address as well as a large quantity of drugs.

“As a result of this investigation we have recovered a large number of potentially dangerous weapons, and a large quantity of drugs which could have been bound for the streets of London. We’re fully aware of a link between drugs and violence, and the more we can disrupt the availability of these substances, the more we can prevent potentially violent incidents.

“Communities have an absolutely vital role to play in tackling crime across London. We need to hear from anyone who has information that could detect or prevent crime. If you have information and you aren’t comfortable talking to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call. In an emergency, call 999.”

+ One count of possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply was left to lie on file.