Dwain Osborne (26), a Brixton prison librarian, was arrested by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) in October 2015 for attempting to buy a Glock 19 handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition for the firearm from the dark web. The man was bailed from custody, however, he was arrested again on February 17. Osborne was charged with nine offences including the attempt to purchase a firearm and ammunition, the possession of Class A and B drugs (including cocaine) with the intent to supply and the theft of a police uniform. Andy Tickner from the Organised Crime Partnership made this statement regarding the case:
“People looking to obtain illicit goods and services under the supposed anonymity of the dark web continue to discover that they can be traced and identified. Ensuring that firearms cannot be sourced in this way is a national security priority and we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent and disrupt those involved in the buying and selling of firearms on the dark web.”
Osborne was remanded in custody until his trial, which will take place on March 17.