Four men jailed for conspiracy to import handguns into the UK
Four men have been jailed for a total of more than 51 years today for their involvement in the illegal importation of firearms from the USA into the UK, with sentences ranging from 10-and-a-half years to over 17 years.
Kenville Hall, Busiso Benjamin, Rhafeek Morson and Alcot Fleming, were sentenced in the Crown Court at Bristol for their roles in a conspiracy that saw three Taurus pistols, hidden in Bluetooth-enabled speakers, delivered to properties in Bristol and London.
Earlier this month a fifth man, Nico Lacroix, was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years, for assisting in criminal activity by signing for two of the deliveries sent to his address in Bristol. He believed he was involved an agreement to supply cannabis. He was ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.
The weapons and 330 rounds of ammunition were intercepted following an investigation by Avon and Somerset police. The group was arrested in series of armed operations as part of an international investigation by Avon and Somerset Police.
Richard Posner, of the CPS, said: "This was a complex and challenging case that succeeded thanks to effective cooperation between Avon and Somerset Police and multiple agencies, both in the UK and abroad.
“Thanks to this excellent work, and the evidence it gathered, the CPS was able to build a convincing case that resulted in five convictions. It brings to an end this dangerous criminal behaviour, which was motivated solely by financial gain with no regard for the fear and potential loss of life such weapons can cause in the wrong hands.”
Notes to editors
- Richard Posner is a Senior Crown Advocate for the CPS.
- Kenville Hall, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to transfer a firearm and one count of conspiracy to possess ammunition and was sentenced to 17 years and 2 months
- Busiso Benjamin, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to transfer a firearm and was sentenced to 12 years
- Rhaffeek Morson, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transfer a firearm and was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months
- Alcot Fleming, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to transfer a firearm and was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months.