Grandma, who hid her grandson’s grenade and pistol, is the newest organized crime member to be arrested
A Newcastle grandmother who hid her grandson’s grenade and semi-automatic pistol is the newest member of an organized crime family to be arrested.
Officials who searched Anne-Marie Glendenning’s Byker apartment found a sports bag containing a hand grenade, a semi-automatic Stribog carbine, a Sig Sauer pistol, a Glock pistol and around 300 rounds of ammunition.
The bag was hidden in a wardrobe where the 64-year-old told police that it belonged to her grandson Daniel Tait, 22, who left it there for custody and claimed it was full of clothes.
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Anne-Marie Glendenning is the fifth person convicted of a Class A drug delivery conspiracy across Tyneside that was uncovered as part of Operation Venetic – the most significant fight against serious crime the country has ever seen.
Her son Thomas Tait and her grandson, also known as Thomas Tait, were arrested last April after officers searched a family-related address in Kenton and discovered a Glock pistol and two kilos of cocaine.
Shortly before his arrest, detectives also confiscated 15 kilos of mixed media and a hydraulic press from Daniel Tait’s apartment – and another man, David Nixon, was also arrested when new evidence linked him to the family and the conspiracy.
They were soon all tried and tried, and in March the four men were jailed for more than 35 years after admitting their roles on the drug network.
Glendenning reappeared in court on Friday, where she was sentenced to 30 months in prison after admitting triple possession of guns and ammunition.
Following the conviction, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Woods of the Northumbria Police Department of Criminal Investigation said, “This is another great result for us as we continue to crack down on organized crime.
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our officers and staff, our communities have become safer, and a family who thought they were above the law and evaded justice were not only forced to admit their guilt but also received long sentences illegal business dismantled. “
Det Ch Insp Woods, who heads the force’s Priority and Organized Crime Team (POCT) added, “Fortunately, the firearms we found in the course of this investigation are very rare to see in this area and the public can be safe be that when we find items like these we are wasting no time confiscating and destroying them.
“Under the regional banner of Operation Sentinel and the national banner of Operation Venetic, we are working around the clock to eradicate organized crime in our communities.”
Ann-Marie Glendenning, 64, of Northumberland Terrace, Byker, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Her son, Thomas Tait Sr, 49, of Orchard Green, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and possess a firearm and was imprisoned for five years and three months.
Tait’s eldest son Thomas, 23, of Saffron Place, Walker, admitted possession of Class A drugs with intent to deliver and was sentenced to four years in prison.
His brother Daniel Tait, 22, of Rennington Place, Newcastle, admitted delivering Class A drugs with intent to possess a firearm and ammunition on three counts and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Her associate, David Nixon, 29, of Chase Meadows in Blyth, pleaded guilty to gun possession conspiracy and concerns about the delivery of Class A drugs, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.