Identical triplets jailed for plot to supply dangerous criminal with guns
Three brothers have been jailed for a combined 46 years for conspiring to supply a rapper with an extraordinarily serious Uzi submachine gun and a loaded pistol.
Reiss, Ralston and Ricky Gabriel tried to evade detection by relying on their shared DNA and appearance but were tracked down with mobile phone and surveillance evidence.
The 28 year olds from Edmonton, north London, were found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life in July.
The guns were intended for a convicted criminal who had been out on licence, having been released from an 11 year prison sentence for indiscriminately shooting into a crowded street near Wood Green tube station in 2010.
An innocent passer-by was hit in the leg when Aron Thomas, 32, a rapper who performed under the name Vipex, let off eight shots with a 9mm handgun.
Ricky and Ralston, both semi-professional footballers, were each jailed for 14 years at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, September 6.
Reiss, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life after he was caught with a handgun on July 26 last year, and two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He was jailed for a total of 18 years.
DNA found on the handgun was linked to all three but it was impossible for police to prove which brother it belonged to.
Scotland Yards investigation was able to determine each had been involved in handling the weapons, the court heard.
The triplets, each wearing grey Nike tracksuits, smirked during sentencing and grinned to friends and family in the public gallery as they were led to the cells.
Sentencing the brothers, Judge John Hillen said: All three of you were involved in an agreement to source and deliver the weapons to an extremely dangerous criminal, Aron Thomas, for his use.
Each one of you was involved in the transaction to supply Aron Thomas with weapons and ammunition.
One or more of you clearly had access to organised criminals, or organised groups of criminals, capable of obtaining firearms and ammunition for onward transfer.
The judge added: These types of weapons would have been used against a person or persons, and a police intervention is the only reason any serious harm did not occur.
Armed police found an Uzi with a silencer and ammunition as well as a loaded pistol on courier Hamza Ahmed, 21, after stopping a taxi in Tottenham, north London, on April 10, 2017.
Prosecutor Kerry Broome said: An Uzi submachine gun is clearly an extraordinarily serious firearm. It is not capable of any laRead More – Source