Gun running gang jailed to 123 years

30/11/2015

Fourteen men from the West Midlands who were involved in the supply of guns and live ammunition have today been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court to a total of 123 years and three months.

The Birmingham-based criminal gang was responsible for a highly organised conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition to other criminal gangs.

Those convicted include both the suppliers and the purchasers of weapons and ammunition.

Following a police investigation, 16 men were arrested and 13 of them pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition, and were sentenced as follows:

  • Nosakhere Stephenson, 41 - 16 years and 6 months
  • Sundish Nazran, 32 - 13 years
  •  Louis McDermott, 36 - 9 years and 4 months
  • Rowan Gul, 33 - 12 years and 3 months
  • Theodore Wiggan, 28 - 10 years
  • Amar Ghalib, 32 - 4 years and 11 months
  • Mohammed Miah, 24 - 13 years
  •  Fitzroy Ducram, 50 - 7 years and 4 months
  • Joga Mattu, 31 - 5 years
  • Usman Hussain, 31 - 5 years
  • Mohammed Fedah, 21 - 4 years and 4 months
  • Ifran Hussain, 26 - 10 years and 10 months
  • Janed Mohammed, 21 - 4 years and 6 months

Following a trial in August 2015 at Birmingham Crown Court, Darren Mentore, 34, and Clinton Officer, 32, were found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition. They had travelled from London to Birmingham to purchase a gun and ammunition. They will be sentenced in the New Year.

A trial which ended this month at Birmingham Crown Court resulted in one of the defendants being found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition: 

  • Joynal Abdin, 26 - 7 years and 3 months

Neil Fielding, Specialist Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit, said: "The criminal justice system has today disrupted and dismantled a highly sophisticated gun running business.

"At the head of the criminal gang was Nosakhere Stephenson who, supported by his chief armourer Sundish Nazran, supplied firearms and ammunition to criminals around the country. It was clear that these guns could only be intended for use in other serious crime.

"This illegal trade causes real harm to communities, putting lives at risk.

"The CPS along with our partner agencies are committed to tacking and prosecuting those who distribute, carry or use illegal firearms."