Three people have been sentenced after Trident detectives executed a firearms warrant in south London.
On Monday, 28 January, a section 46 Firearms Act search warrant was carried out at a residential address in Southwark. A sawn-off shotgun was found hidden inside a wardrobe.
Officers subsequently arrested a teenage girl and charged her with firearms offences.
As a result of further enquiries, officers arrested a teenage boy and a 27-year-old man on suspicion of supplying the firearm.
Detective Inspector Vicky Sullivan, from Specialist Crime, said: “This was a complex investigation, with further arrests of all those involved for drugs offences.
“The juvenile defendants claimed that they had been trafficked in order to escape justice; these claims required substantial enquiries and proved to be false. However, extensive evidence of all their involvement in county lines activity was obtained and proven in court.”
Following a trial at Kingston Crown Court, all three were found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
On Monday, 2 December, they were sentenced as follows:
- Ange Ballo, 27 (7.08.92) of Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve of minimum of seven years and six months for conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent.
He was also sentenced to six-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for two counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, to be served concurrently.
- A 17-year-old girl was sentenced to three years youth rehabilitation for the offence, as well as two counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.
- A 16-year-old boy from Southwark was sentenced to 18 months youth rehabilitation for the offence and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and being concerned with the supply of cannabis.