Soldiers Jailed For Gun Smuggling

Five men, four of who are British soldiers, have been jailed for trying to smuggle guns and drugs into the UK.

Two of the men were caught in January 2012 in a car arriving at Folkestone from Calais carrying firearms, cocaine and ammunition.

Following a six-week trial at Woolwich Crown Court the gang were convicted on Monday of firearms and drugs charges.

They were given prison sentences ranging from six-and-a-half years to 14 years.

26-year-old Lemar Loveless, of Brydon Walk, Islington, north London, was jailed for 14 years for conspiring to import firearms.

Lance Laurent, also 26, of Gloucester Street, Battersea, south-west London, was sentenced to 12 years for conspiring to import firearms.

28-year-old Duran Wright, a regimental police officer in the Army, was jailed for 10 years for conspiring to import firearms.

Loveless, Laurent and Wright were also found guilty of conspiring to import class A drugs.

Trave Dyce, 22, of Sydney Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years and 25-year-old Romone Mashalleck, of Huron Street, Wimbledon, south-west London, was sentenced to six-and-a-half.

Both men were convicted of conspiring to import firearms

Police say they believe the guns were destined for London criminal gangs.


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