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Bexleyheath man caught with half a kilo of cannabis and gun

PUBLISHED: 09:51 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:33 06 April 2016

Jamie Penney

Jamie Penney

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He was also caught with ammunition

The illegal firearm discoveredThe illegal firearm discovered

A 33-year-old Bexleyheath man caught with half a kilo of cannabis, ammunition and a gun has been jailed for six years.

Jamie Penney from Venners Close, was stopped by National Crime Agency officers in October last year whilst driving a courier van in Deptford.

During a search, a wrapped package was found in the van.

Officers discovered silver converted pistol, 19 converted blank rounds and one live 9mm round inside.

The wrapped package foundThe wrapped package found

Penney was arrested on scene on suspicion of illegally possessing a firearm, a follow-up search of his home discovered a silver tin containing 500g of cannabis, as well as weighing scales, and cannabis plant stems and leaves.

Upon inspection, the gun was discovered to be a converted Italian-made self-loading pistol and the ammunition was live converted 9mm calibre blank cartridges.

Penney pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, but not guilty to the firearms offences in November last year.

But a two-day trial at Woolwich Crown Court ended with the 33-year-old being convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Tony Luhman from the National Crime Agency said: “Illegal firearms and ammunition are not easy to acquire and this scarcity has led to criminals resorting to the use of reactivated firearms or converted ‘blank firers’.

“We will continue to work with partner agencies to monitor and counter this threat and ensure that those who chose to possess illegal firearms are brought to justice”.

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