London Man Jailed For Smuggling Guns From The US To The UK

Updated: Oct 20

A London arms smuggler has been jailed after being caught importing four guns from the United States to Britain.

Darnell Matthews, 23, has been jailed for six years and three months
Darnell Matthews, 23, has been jailed for six years and three months

23-year-old Darnell Matthews smuggled four guns into the United Kingdom, including a loaded Glock handgun with 11 bullets, a Ruger handgun with five bullets, a loaded Sig-Sauer pistol, and another handgun.


He was arrested after police intercepted the firearms and found transaction receipts proving that they had been paid for by Matthews.


Matthews, of Wembley, north west London, pleaded guilty to importing four firearms and possession of a knife.


He was sentenced to six years and three months behind bars on Tuesday at Harrow Crown Court.


Prosecutors told the court how on May 13 authorities were alerted to a parcel being sent to Matthews, when inspecting officers opened the package, it was found to contain a Ruger handgun loaded with five bullets.



Police and Border Force launched a joint operation that intercepted the other firearms, all linked to Matthews.


Police swooped on Matthews on June 27 and arrested him, when he was searched he was found to be in possession of a lock knife. He was charged and remanded into custody.


Detective Constable George Gorman, said: "Matthews was intent on bringing incredibly dangerous weapons into our country, weapons which no doubt would have ended up in the hands of criminals and caused violence on our streets.


"We are working tirelessly to identify and target those who cause this kind of harm in society and are doing everything in our power to make the streets a hostile place for those transporting firearms.


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