Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stephen Cardwell, who helped put at least 63 firearms in the UK, indeterminate prison sentence passed at the Court of Liverpool

A man who helped a corridor for dozens of international arms smuggling firearms in Britain on commercial flights was sentenced to an indefinite prison sentence.

Steven Cardwell, 31, was sentenced Friday in Liverpool Crown Court.

received dozens of firearms Steven Greeno, 37, who hid the components of your luggage on flights from the United States.

Cardwell, Aintree, Liverpool, said he would not be eligible for parole for at least 11 years. He showed no emotion when sentenced.

was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to import, sell and possess prohibited firearms with intent to endanger life after a four-week trial. Judge Elgan Edwards told him he was "extremely serious crimes."

Greeno was arrested at the airport in Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina in July 2010, during a cache of 16 firearms were found in his suitcase. The police described him as a Walter Mitty character.

Judge Edwards

Cardwell said, "You worked with Greeno and were an essential part of the distribution network has distributed firearms that could have no legitimate purpose that you have imported into this country and distributed .. with the criminal world. "

prosecutors said that during a period of six months of last year, bought 81 guns Greeno gun stores in the United States and is thought to smuggling at least 63 d of them in the UK. Only 10 were recovered.

"I will not rest until all firearms safely in the hands of the police," he said. Cardwell described as a "man of criminal cases involving the death and misery."

"The number of imported firearms appears to have increased, as the plot has grown in confidence," said Neil Flewitt QC prosecutor on Friday.

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