Drug dealer who stockpiled submachine guns at north London flat jailed for 16 years

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A drug dealer who stockpiled two submachine guns and 300 rounds of ammunition at his flat has been jailed for 16 years.

Terrence O’Connor, 25, hid the Uzi 9mm and Czech-made .32 Skorpion in a holdall behind a false wall panel in Edgware, north London, as pictured below.

Police also recovered a silencer, £143,000 in cash and one kilo of cocaine valued at £36,000.

An automatic Uzi is capable of firing up to 600 rounds a minute.

In April last year, O’Connor met a suspect who was under surveillance as part of a money laundering investigation, a court heard yesterday.

The secret holdall behind a false wall panelHandout
The secret holdall behind a false wall panelHandout

Officers swooped to arrest him when he removed items from the boot of a car in Silverston Way, Stanmore.

Detectives searched a black rucksack at his feet and found Class A drugs. But O’Connor told them: “I’ve never seen that before.”

Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police

He also had an encrypted EncroChat mobile phone used by organised criminals.

During a search of his home in Amias Drive, empty drugs packaging indicated upwards of 100 kilos had been processed there. A money counting machine was seized.

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Drug bags found in the flatHandout
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Money seizedHandout

O’Connor answered no comment to all questions during interview at a north London police station.

However, he pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine and possessing Class A drugs at Harrow Crown Court.

O’Connor, now of Webb Street, Bolton, also admitted two counts of having a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing a silencer.

Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police

Detective Constable Kevin Davies, of the Met’s Proactive Money Laundering Team, said: “This sentence reflects the seriousness of the matters under investigation and will serve as a deterrent to those involved in serious and organised crime.

“O’Connor was involved in large scale drug trafficking and was also instrumental in the laundering of the proceeds of this crime.

“He had possession of dangerous automatic weapons, ammunition and a silencer, which would have been capable of causing death and serious injury on the streets of London.

“This investigation shows the close link between money laundering and those committing the most harm within London’s communities.

“It is also another example of the inextricable link between money, drugs and violence.

“We remain committed to putting people like O’Connor behind bars to ensure London is a safer place for everyone.”

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