Illegal weapons importer jailed

06/12/2013

An importer of prohibited weapons has today been sentenced to five years at Birmingham Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attempting to import firearms and offensive weapons into the United Kingdom.

On 14 February 2013, a van was stopped at Dover Docks by customs officials and inside the vehicle they found 25 boxed stun guns, 25 boxed torch stun guns and 20 extendible batons.

The driver and the passenger of the Polish registered van were both questioned and further investigations led Border Agency Officers to a property in Erdington, Birmingham.

The following day a search warrant was executed at the property and two further boxed stun guns were recovered along with documentation related to the seized weapons in Dover.

Daruisz Jedrzjczyk, aged 50, was arrested was arrested at the property and he charged with and later pleaded guilty to importing prohibited weapons, possessing a disguised firearm and two counts of fraudulent evasion of a restriction.

Heath Westerman, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said:

"Daruisz Jedrzjczyk was fully aware that by importing and selling prohibited firearms in the UK he was committing an extremely serious crime, yet he continued with this illegal trade.

"He was importing these dangerous weapons from Poland and having them couriered across mainland Europe to his home address in Birmingham. Once he received the goods, he would then sell the stun guns and batons at car boot sales as well as via the internet.

"It was during one of these courier runs when a van was stopped by custom officers in Dover and the search uncovered the illegal consignment of stun guns and batons.

"Investigations by officials led to the arrest of Jedrzjczyk at his home in Birmingham. Once all the available evidence was put to him, the defendant pleaded guilty to the offenses and he has today been sentenced to five years.

"The CPS is working with our partners in the Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs to bring to justice criminals who try to exploit our borders. Those who are caught will be robustly prosecuted."