British holidaymakers jailed for five years after posting a AR15 home from Florida 

Two “stupid” British vacationers who had sent home an AR15 assault rifle from Florida were arrested.

The crime has been described by the police as “a foolish and blatant attempt to import a potentially lethal weapon into the country”.

Carlos Sen, 26, and half-brother Stephen Gibson, 46, along with their partners Rebekah Simons, 25 and Louise Caswell, 39, were convicted of conspiracy to import and possess a firearm at Nottingham Crown Court.

Sen was sentenced to three years and Gibson to two years in prison yesterday. Simons and Caswell were sentenced to 21 and 15 months suspended sentences, respectively.

The National Crime Agency began investigations in June 2017 after Homeland Security agents intercepted a package that was to be sent to Caswell to an address in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Simons (pictured) has conspired with three others to try to smuggle the gun into the country

Sen (left) was sentenced to three years in prison after the AR15 was published. Simons (right) has also conspired with three others to try to smuggle the gun into the country

Gibson (pictured) was imprisoned for two years Caswell (pictured) received suspended sentences for her role

Gibson (left) was sentenced to two years in prison and Caswell (right) received suspended sentence for her role

The group attempted to smuggle in this AR15, the model has been heavily linked to mass shootings in the states

The group attempted to smuggle in this AR15, the model has been heavily linked to mass shootings in the states

It contained the lower case, barrel fairing, magazines, and inventory of the AR15, the model used in every mass shooting in America from the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012 to the killings of schoolchildren in Parkland, Florida last year , has been used.

NCA officials working with Border Force also intercepted a second package in the UK that contained the barrel of the rifle and was also addressed to Caswell.

The group tried to disguise the packages as personal fishing equipment and added a reel to the barrel.

Pictured: The AR15 has been disassembled to be disguised to take it through customs and into Nottinghamshire

Pictured: The AR15 has been disassembled to be disguised to take it through customs and into Nottinghamshire

Investigators found that Sen and Simons, both of Retford, Notts, Florida, were recruiting a US resident to purchase the gun on their behalf from a legitimate gun collector. They then worked with Caswell and Gibson to send parts of it back to the UK.

Days after import, Caswell and Gibson were arrested by NCA officers at their home in West Drayton, London. The investigators found that they could start the trip despite being unemployed because Sen.

Sen, who also had no legitimate source of income but pretended to be a professional player, then fled to Italy. He was arrested with Simons, a pediatric nurse, on his return to the UK.

Before he was arrested, Sen destroyed his SIM card and erased the contents of his phone. During the trial, he claimed to have done so to remove evidence of a one-night stand in Italy.

In order to defend their actions, the group told the jury that they wanted to film on their trip but had heard it was expensive. So Sen arranged to buy the firearm with a U.S. citizen for about $ 450 to save money.

However, research during the investigation found it cost about $ 20 to rent a rifle at a Florida shooting range. Adam Warnock, NCA Branch Commander, said, “This group has made a foolish and blatant attempt to import a potentially lethal weapon into the country.

The group arranged for the weapon to be dismantled (pictured) and attempted to disguise it as fishing gear to take it to Nottinghamshire

The group arranged for the weapon to be dismantled (pictured) and attempted to disguise it as fishing gear to take it to Nottinghamshire

“Although gun crime in the UK is relatively low compared to the US or mainland Europe, we know that illegal firearms are used in serious acts of violence and by criminal groups for coercion and intimidation.

“Working with international partners in countries where these weapons are legal and suppressing their availability in the UK is a priority for the NCA.

“Mail and fast parcels remain one of the most popular methods of illegally importing firearms into the UK, and this is something we are actively working with Border Force to address.”

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