Smuggling guns triggers eight-year jail sentence

Anthony Contos, of High Street, Berkhamsted has been jailed for eight years for gun smuggling.
Anthony Contos, of High Street, Berkhamsted has been jailed for eight years for gun smuggling.
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A GUN smuggler was jailed for eight years after he was caught out by an undercover police officer posing as a DHL delivery driver.

The guns, which were being sent to Anthony Contos in Berkhamsted had been bought from Hells Angels in Berlin.

They were parcelled up in boxes marked “DJ equipment”, Luton crown court heard.

Prosecutor Jonathan Ramsey said a Walther PPK handgun and a Beretta pistol along with 19 rounds of ammunition were discovered in the box at a DHL depot in Leipzig, Germany on November 24 last year.

The German authorities contacted the UK Borders Agency and the next day a dummy package was taken to Contos’ flat in High Street by an officer from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, who was dressed as a DHL employee.

Contos opened the door and gave the officer his driving licence as proof of identity.

The officer left and moments later his colleagues arrested Contos and his girlfriend.

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