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IN People ON 25 Jan, 2016
In a recent series of events, a firearms gang, accused of reactivating prohibited weapons and supplying them to the criminal underworld, was caught. The gang's glamorous assistant was convicted for posting a provocative selfie with an AK-47 held between her legs. Other members of the gang were also apprehended.
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A firearms gang's assistant, Caitlin Adams, 25, was convicted after posting a provocative selfie with an AK-47 held between her legs. She is to be convicted along with five other men, who're accused of reactivating prohibited weapons and supplying them to the criminal underworld. Adams' job was to collect weapons and deliver them to the workshop in Newham, east London, where they were reactivated for supply.
The gang was exposed when Aaron Shane Murphy and Uzair Patel, both 29, were stopped by police in a taxi in Newham in June 2015. A reactivated 9mm pistol was discovered in the footwell, and both men were arrested and later charged for the same. With further investigations, it was revealed that Ishmail Brown, 26, who's serving prison time at HMP Rochester was using an illicit mobile phone from his cell to organise the entire sale of reactivated weapons into the criminal underworld.
Investigations continued to further reveal that Brown's fellow prisoner, Ehsen Abdul-Razak, who's 19, was also helping him. Over the span of six months, 40 firearms were sourced by the group and eight reactivated firearms have been recovered by the police.
Bart Pawlowski, 42, is a former soldier and is accused of using his skills as a metalworker and his experience in the Polish army to reactivate the weapons, and thus play a major role in the entire conspiracy.
The maximum sentence these people are facing for transferring prohibited weapons is 10 years in prison.
DC Claire Gentles from the Trident and Area Crime Command had the following to say: "The firearms and ammunition this gang converted had the potential to cause great harm on the streets of London, and there is no doubt that the Capital is a safer place as a result of the network being dismantled."The sentencing of Caitlin Adams should serve as a warning to others of the grave consequences of storing and transporting guns for others."And this is what DI James Hale from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: "This was a complex investigation targeting criminals both inside and outside of prison as part of the Met's fight against gang and gun crime."We successfully collaborated with our colleagues in the prison service to recover the mobile phones, and I would like to pay tribute to my detectives who have worked tirelessly to make communities safer and see this case to its successful conclusion."I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of any of the outstanding weapons to contact police."
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