Darren Hillyer (38) of Milton Keynes has been sentenced to five years of prison for conspiracy to import a firearm and ammunition from the dark web at Bristol Crown Court. According to the NCA, he posed as a woman in order to seek revenge on a “pedo ex-lover”. Hillyer ordered a Ruger LC9 9mm handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition from a dark web forum under the account name “Emma”. However, what he was unaware of, that the seller was an undercover agent (probably an NCA officer) and the package contained a plastic replica of the weapon and a DAB radio under the control of local NCA squads.
Hillyer contacted Ian MacPhee (47), a man he met online in a chat room (but not personally). Hillyer convinced MacPhee to receive his parcel containing the gun and the ammunition and forward to him after. As MacPhee entered a post office in Newton Abbott on the morning of 28 July 2015, ignorant of what was in the parcel, NCA Officers moved in and arrested the 47-year old man. After the police traced back the forwarding address, they managed to arrest Hillyer at an insolvency company in Euston, London, where