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Four men jailed for firearms offences

News   •   Jan 17, 2018 14:49 GMT

[Images of recovered firearm]

Four men have been jailed for firearm offences following an investigation by the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command.

They were sentenced on Wednesday, 17 January at Harrow Crown Court to a combined total of over 43 years' imprisonment.

The four were sentenced as follows:

Matthew Noori, 25 (22.02.92) of Chippenham Road, W9, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years' imprisonment.

Arnas Laugalis, 28 (12.10.89) of Arboretum Place, Barking, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession with intent to supply (PWITS) Class A drugs - cocaine and MDMA - and was sentenced to a total of five years' imprisonment.

Jonathan Gomez, 33 (26.06.84) of Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.

Ameer Al-Sekafi, 25 (28.01.92) of Melliss Avenue, TW9, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, PWITS cocaine and cannabis and possession of criminal property relating to the large sum of cash found at his address following his arrest and was sentenced to a total of 12 years and nine months' imprisonment.

At approximately 15:35hrs on 26 August 2016, officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command, as part of an intelligence led operation, observed Laugalis meet Noori, in Clarendon Road, W5.

Laugalis got into a car with Noori and the driver of the vehicle who was later identified as Al-Sekafi. A few minutes later Laugais got out of the car carrying a black plastic bag.

Later that afternoon, at approximately 16:20hrs, officers witnessed Laugalis pass the same black bag to Gomez in Borehamwood. The bag was then placed in the boot of Gomez's car.

Both men left the location separately, at which point they were detained by police. On searching the plastic bag, officers discovered it contained a firearm, ammunition and a silencer.

Both were arrested and Laugalis was also found to be in possession of Class A drugs, namely cocaine and MDMA.

On 28 October 2016 police executed a firearms warrant at an address in Perivale, UB6.

Following the search of the property, a large package was found in the loft containing a handgun, ammunition and a silencer.

Whilst officers were conducting the search, Noori arrived at the address and spoke to an officer outside the premises but refused to give his name.

Noori's DNA was later found on the firearm that had been at the property, and mobile phone analysis discovered his connection to the occupants of the house being searched.

Noori was arrested on 7 December 2016.

As the investigation continued, DNA belonging to Al-Sekafi was also found on the firearm discovered during the search of the property. He was arrested on 7 July 2017 and a search was conducted at his house. Cocaine and cannabis were seized at the address, along with £10,500 in cash.

Detective Inspector James Hale, of the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: "The arrests and convictions of these four men are the result of a thorough investigation into two incidents where firearms were seized. These men posed a significant threat to the public and thanks to the hard work of my team they will be off our streets for many years to come.

"Gun crime of any kind will not be tolerated and the Trident and Area Crime command are working tirelessly to recover firearms, with 390 being recovered in 2017 alone."