Three Nigerians face a combined 40 years imprisonment in the United Kingdom. This is over charges of conspiracy to supply illicit drugs and firearm.
According to a statement published on the UK Metropolitan Police website on Monday, Woolwich Crown Court convicted the trio — Kennedy Udo, 29; Michael Mgbedike, 22; and Emmanuel Okubote, 27.
The statement revealed that Mr Udo of Avery Hill Road, Eltham, faced eight years and six months. The court found him guilty of conspiracy to supply drugs. He also faced accusations of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of goods.
Mr Mgbedike of Spur Road, Orpington, BR6 faced an eight-year sentence after the court found him guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Meanwhile, Mr Okubote of Evan Cook Close, Peckham, SE15 was earlier found guilty of conspiracy to supply firearms. His charges also included the conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life and supply class A drugs. He faced a sentence of 23.5 years imprisonment on 9th November 2018.
Ookubote was said to be the mastermind of the conspiracy.
Sarah Smart of Trident operation said,
“This conviction demonstrates the close working partnership between Trident, Border Force and the Crown Prosecution Service in pursuit of the country’s most dangerous criminals.
“Emmanuel Okubote, along with Michael Mgbedike and Kennedy Udo, were intent on importing loaded firearms and dr*gs through the UK’s borders, bringing misery to the communities that we serve.
“The collaborative work between agencies, as well as between different departments and experts within the Met, has undoubtedly saved lives. This demonstrates that law enforcement agencies will relentlessly pursue those who carry, and those who facilitate the movement of firearms and dr*gs into and within the UK.
“The Metropolitan Police Service, as well as other law enforcement agencies, are committed to making the UK a hostile environment for these criminals to operate.”
See the Met Police’s tweet below:
Three men who conspired to transport firearms and drugs into the UK via Eurotunnel have been sentenced to a total of 40 years following an operation by the Met, the UK Border Force and CPS. https://t.co/52YjiNYvhk pic.twitter.com/fUAoSGJXEU
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 20, 2019