Solihull man charged after ‘firearms smuggled into the UK from Florida’

A Solihull man has been charged after two semi-automatic pistols and ammunition were allegedly smuggled into the UK from America.

The weapons were seized by Border Force officers at a parcel hub in the Midlands after they had been imported from Florida.

Working with the National Crime Agency, officials seized a Springfield XD-9, a Sig Sauer P220 and a quantity of ammunition.

NCA officers arrested two men in Coventry with the help of West Midlands Police on Friday.

Dion Curt Roberts, aged 31, from Meriden, was charged with two offences of attempting to possess section 5 firearms and one offence of attempting to possess section 1 ammunition.

He is set to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday (3 February) morning.

A 31-year-old from Broad Street, Coventry has been released under investigation.

NCA Operations Manager Mick Pope said: “Our investigation into this seizure is ongoing, but undoubtedly these firearms would have ended up on the black market and in the hands of criminals.

“The level of gun crime in the UK is one of the lowest in the world, but eliminating the criminal use of firearms is still a high priority for the NCA and our partners.

“The NCA works internationally to disrupt the flow of firearms trafficked to the UK, and Border Force is a vital partner in this work. This seizure was a great example of that in action.”

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