Moynul Haque (21), a Smethwick man who bought Glock handgun parts from the dark net, was jailed for 10 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court following a joint investigation by the National Crime Agency and the US Department of Homeland Security.
Haque ordered the gun from a dark net vendor based in the US, Michigan, which was supposed to contain an antique radio, however, officers at US customs examined the parcel and found a pistol slide, barrel and recoil spring for a Glock 9mm handgun inside. As the package arrived to the Birmingham border investigation team, they alerted the NCA who executed a warrant at Haque’s home.
At the house of the 21-year-old, authorities seized electronic devices, such as the man’s laptop and a small package containing amphetamine.
NCA agents, with the assistance of the West Midlands Police Cyber Crime Unit, found out that Haque bought the handgun for £900, and had attempted to check the status of the parcel online.
Haque pleaded guilty to the importation of firearms and possession of class B drugs and was sentenced to 10 months in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court. Dawn Cartwright, head of the NCA’s Birmingham border investigation team, made this statement:
“This investigation relied on the cooperation of our law enforcement partners here in the UK and in the United States. Together we have successfully prevented a potentially lethal weapon making it onto the streets of the West Midlands.”