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6 October 2012, 12:16
Three men have been jailed for a total of 33 years for being involved in the supply of firearms to gangs within south London.
47 year old Hume Bent, Carlos Moncrieffe, who is also 47, and 26 year old Christopher McKenzie, were sentenced on Friday at Croydon Crown Court for conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition.
It follows an investigation by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Central Taskforce, codenamed Operation
Dhanni, which resulted in the recovery of six firearms, 47 rounds of ammunition, one hundred shell casings, lead shot and tools associated with the manufacture of ammunition.
The operation was launched in April 2011 to target organised criminal networks and the unlawful supply of firearms and
ammunition to gang members, predominantly in the south London area.
Officers spent months gathering intelligence and evidence on the trio, and between April and July 2011 seized:
- a Browning 12 bore over and under sawn-off gun
- a Webley .445 revolver handgun
- a Tokarev 9mm semi-automatic handgun
- a converted .22 Brocock revolver handgun
- an Olympic .38 revolver
- a Glock-style semi-automatic weapon
Inquiries revealed Moncrieffe was the supplier and manufacturer of the ammunition. Related machinery, cartridges and tools were recovered fromhis home address in Lewisham.
All three were arrested on 20 October 2011 and charged the following day.
Moncrieffe and McKenzie later both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply ammunition