Identical Triplets Jailed Over Plot To Supply 'Dangerous Criminal' With Gun
Identical triplet brothers have been jailed after a plot to supply an Uzi sub-machine gun and a loaded pistol to an 'extremely dangerous criminal'.
Police found DNA on a handgun that linked Reiss, Ralston or Ricky Gabriel - but because they shared the same DNA it was impossible for cops to tell who was involved.
However, following an investigation, officers found that all three men were involved and have now been jailed.
The men, 28, from Edmonton in London, were sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Reiss was found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life and also admitted to an additional charge of the same offence after being caught with a handgun in July last year, as well as two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
He was sentenced to 18 years.
Ricky and Ralston were each handed 14 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life.
Prosecutor Kerry Broome said: "An Uzi sub-machine gun is clearly an extraordinarily serious firearm. It is not capable of any lawful use. It has the capability to cause maximum indiscriminate harm.
"The pistol was loaded. They were both ready for immediate use."
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The court heard that police found Uzi sub-machine gun with a silencer and ammunition after stopping a taxi in Tottenham with courier Hamza Ahmed, 21, inside.
After analysing the weapon police found DNA belonging to one or more of the triplets but were unable to determine which one.
An investigation looked at mobile phones and surveillance evidence, which then revealed it was actually all three brothers.
While sentencing the brothers Judge John Hillen said: "All three of you were involved in an agreement to source and deliver then 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 court heard the weapons were intended to be handed to Thomas, 32, who was out on licence at the time having been released from an 11-year prison sentence for opening fire at random on a busy street in London in 2010.
Thomas was jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years last year after he was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life after guns were found in April 2017.
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