Gun runner jailed after taking racy selfie with AK-47

Gun runner jailed after taking racy selfie with AK-47

A gangster’s moll who posed for a saucy selfie holding a machine gun while wearing just a leotard and a balaclava has been jailed for 10 years, police said.

Caitlin Adams, 25, and five men including a Polish former soldier, were involved in what detectives said was a plot to make and sell illegal guns and ammunition to criminals in London.

Adams picked up deactivated guns and delivered them to a workshop to be reactivated for her serving prisoner boyfriend Ishmael Brown.

Among the guns was an AK-47 assault rifle, and police discovered a selfie taken by Adams while squatting in a kitchen with the powerful battlefield weapon.

Five of the gang, including Adams, were handed jail sentences totalling 45 years at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Detective Constable Claire Gentles, from the Metropolitan Police’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “The firearms and ammunition this gang converted had the potential to cause great harm on the streets of London and there is no doubt that the capital is a safer place as a result of the network being dismantled.

“The sentencing of Caitlin Adams should serve as a warning to others of the grave consequences of storing and transporting guns for others.”

Police said they swooped on a taxi in the Newham area of London in June and arrested two men, Aaron Murray and Uzair Patel, after a reactivated 9mm handgun was found in the footwell.

The investigation found that Murray was buying deactivated guns and reactivating them at a workshop.

It was subsequently raided and its owner, former Polish soldier and metalworker Bart Pawlowski was arrested.

(clockwise from top left) Bart Pawlowski, Caitlin Adams, Aaron Murray, Uzair Patel, Ishmael Brown and Ehsen Abdul-Razak
(clockwise from top left) Bart Pawlowski, Caitlin Adams, Aaron Murray, Uzair Patel, Ishmael Brown and Ehsen Abdul-Razak

Detectives said Brown was using a mobile phone smuggled into his cell at HMP Rochester to buy deactivated guns and then sell them to criminals once reactivated.

Another prisoner, Ehsen Abdul-Razak, was arrested after it was discovered he helped sell the gun to Patel with his own secret phone.

Police believe that between January and June last year more than 40 guns were sourced by the gang. Eight re-activated guns linked to the group have been found and police are looking for more.

Adams, of Campshill Road, Lewisham was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and sentenced to 10 years on Friday.

Brown, 26, of HMP Rochester admitted conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and was sentenced to 12 years.

Pawlowski, 42, of Thornsett Rd, Wandsworth was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and was jailed for 13 years.

Patel, 28, of Abbey Road, Stratford, east London, admitted possession of a prohibited weapon and was jailed for five years.

Ehsen Abdul-Razak, 19, of HMP Rochester, admitted conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and was sentenced to five years.

Murray, 28, of Witley Point, Wandsworth pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and will be sentenced in March.

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