By Gangsters Inc. Editors
Guns are a serious business. Always, but especially in Europe where laws are much more strict. Of course, when it comes to guns and organized crime authorities around the world tend to work by a zero tolerance policy. Three members of a London-based crime organization found that out on Friday.
39-year-old Artem Kuts and 40-year-old Oliver Mark were arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation into the supply of firearms. Following a seven-day trial they were found guilty. On Friday, they were sentenced to 15 years and 8 years in prison respectively.
NCA surveillance teams watched as Kuts left his home carrying a brown paper bag on October 12 last year, and got into a black BMW 5 Series registered to Mark. A third man, 26-year-old Alexander Georgiev (also known as Ernis Piranej), was seen getting in and out of the same car several times carrying the brown paper bag. He pleaded guilty at an earlier date and was jailed for 6 years.
Photo: From left to right: Kuts, Mark, Georgiev
Armed officers descended on the black car and found the bag in the rear passenger footwell. It contained a Russian brand Baikal self-loading pistol and eight rounds of Makarov ammunition. Mark and Kuts were both arrested for possession of a firearm.
Georgiev was arrested for conspiring to supply a firearm minutes later, as he attempted to flee in a blue BMW.
Officers then searched Kuts’ home and found two more Baikals and 14 rounds of ammunition, which had been hidden in the garden. They had been packaged heavily and wedged in the corner between the wall and a garden storage unit.
“It is only right they should serve long jail sentences”
“Illegal firearms drive serious violence, intimidation and coercion in our communities,” Jacque Beer, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said. “Seizing handguns like the ones found [here], with the help of our partners at the Metropolitan Police Service, protects the public from this grave threat. The NCA works tirelessly to stop criminals like Kuts, Mark and Georgiev obtaining firearms and it is only right they should serve long jail sentences for their crimes.”
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