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Identical triplets jailed after DNA link to Uzi gun plot

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Image caption Reiss, Ralston and Ricky (l-r) Gabriel were jailed after DNA linked to them was found on a pistol intended for a violent criminal

Identical triplets have been jailed after DNA linked them to a plot to supply an "extremely dangerous criminal" with an Uzi sub-machine gun.

DNA found on a handgun linked it to either Reiss, Ralston or Ricky Gabriel but it was impossible for police to prove which brother it belonged to.

However, an investigation revealed all three were involved.

The 28-year-olds, from Edmonton in north London, were sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court.

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Image caption Forensic examinations of a handgun found DNA linked Reiss, Ralston an Ricky Gabriel.

Ricky and Ralston Gabriel, who are both semi-professional footballers, were found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life in July and each jailed for 14 years.

Reiss Gabriel was found guilty of the same charge and also admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life after being caught with a handgun in July last year, and two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He was jailed for 18 years.

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Image caption Armed police found an Uzi sub-machine gun with a silencer and ammunition and a loaded pistol on courier Hamza Ahmed

Armed police found an Uzi sub-machine gun with a silencer and ammunition and a loaded pistol on courier Hamza Ahmed, 21, after stopping a taxi in Tottenham, north London, on 10 April 2017.

The DNA recovered from the pistol was not attributable to just one of the triplets, as they shared almost identical DNA.

Detectives carried out an extensive investigation to find out which of the brothers was involved in handling the firearms - but mobile phone and surveillance evidence revealed it was all three, the court heard.

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Image caption Aron Thomas was given a life sentence for two counts of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The brothers were the final three of eight individuals charged over a plot to supply weapons.

Prosecutor Kerry Broome said: "An Uzi sub-machine gun is clearly an extraordinarily serious firearm. It is not capable of any lawful use. It has the capability to cause maximum indiscriminate harm.

"The pistol was loaded. They were both ready for immediate use."

The firearms were meant for Aron Thomas, 32, who was caught with another loaded revolver and ammunition when he was held on 26 April 2017.

At the time, he was on licence, having been released from an 11-year prison sentence for opening fire at random towards a crowded street near Wood Green Tube station in 2010.

Thomas, from Holloway, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years last year after he was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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Image caption Hamza Ahmed, Elyace Hamchaoui and Joshua Miller were also jailed over the plot

Ahmed, from Archway, north London, was jailed for 16 years for one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to the first incident.

Middleman Elyace Hamchaoui, 23, from Arnos Grove, north London, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the same charge.

Joshua Miller, 27, of no fixed address, was jailed for 17 years for conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to the second incident.

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