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Pinner armed robber back behind bars for sending guns in the POST

Jason Nicholas tried to fool postal workers by splitting the gun components up and posting the weapons to a fake addressee

Jason Nicholas was caught posting guns to the UK after leaving fingerprints behind(Image: NCA)

A convicted armed robber is back in jail after importing guns from America to the UK - through the post.

Jason Nicholas, 45, of Mount Park Road, Pinner, tried to fool postal workers by splitting the gun components up and posting the weapons to a fake addressee.

But the robber, who served jail time for his part in a string of armed robberies in north and west London, was caught out when his fingerprints were found on the packages.

Nicholas was found guilty of importing two firearms and fifty rounds of 9mm ammunition(Image: NCA)

Now Nicholas is back behind bars after being found guilty of importing two firearms, and fifty rounds of 9mm ammunition, from the states.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday June 23 at the Old Bailey.

Ian Truby, from NCA Border Investigations, said: “Given Jason Nicholas’ history of involvement in violent crime, seizing these guns and putting him behind bars has undoubtedly prevented further offences being committed.

“Nicholas thought that by splitting the components up and getting them posted to a fictitious name he could get them through border checks and mask his involvement, but our investigators were able to put some compelling evidence before the jury which led to his conviction.

“Tackling the importation of illegal firearms has never been a higher priority for the NCA, and working with our colleagues in Border Force and the Metropolitan Police we are determined to protect the public from the harm they can cause.”

The guns were packaged up and sent to a London address from Dallas, United States(Image: NCA)

In February 2015, Border Force officers working at an international postal depot near Heathrow Airport found two packages containing firearms parts, labelled as ‘antique metal’ which had been posted from Dallas to an address in Bayswater, London.

The National Crime Agency began investigating and visited the address, a block of flats, and found another two parcels to the same consignee, unopened, in the communal hallway.

All four packages were examined, and between them they contained the constituent parts for two semi-automatic pistols and 50 rounds of 9mm compatible ammunition.

Packages containing firearm parts were found at an international postal depot near Heathrow Airport(Image: NCA)

Fingerprint evidence on some of the parts linked them Nicholas, who was traced as being one of six men jailed in 1995 for their part in a series of armed robberies, before he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, reduced to 13 years on appeal.

Checks revealed Nicholas had been to Dallas for five days the week before the parcel was intercepted and that one of the men convicted with him in 1995 lived in the flats in Bayswater.

NCA investigators, supported by specialist firearms officers from the Metropolitan Police, raided Nicholas’ home in Mount Park Road, Pinner, in the early hours of August 13, 2015.

Two packages containing firearm parts were found at an international postal depot near Heathrow Airport(Image: NCA)

He was later charged with the importation of firearms - which he denied.

But Nicholas was found guilty following a five day trial at the Old Bailey in June 2017.

James Morgan, Forder Force deputy director, Postal & Aviation Command, said: “Border Force plays a pivotal role in protecting our communities from harm and we have dedicated and experienced officers working tirelessly to detect and seize dangerous items like these.

“We will continue to work closely with the NCA and other law enforcement partners to prevent illegal firearms entering the UK and bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone who has any information about illegally held guns or ammunition should either contact the police or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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