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King's Lynn man handed life imprisonment after investigation into supplying firearms

A 44-year-old man from King's Lynn has been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years for supplying firearms.

Jurijs Ragozins was arrested on Friday, April 26 after offering to sell weapons to an undercover National Crime Agency officer.

He was unaware his meetings had been under surveillance by the NCA and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Jurijs Ragozins(14338704)
Jurijs Ragozins(14338704)

In total, 12 Turkish-made Zoraki handguns, 29 stun guns, and ammunition were recovered by investigators.

These had been hidden inside a water pump and computer tower which were both in the boot of his car at the time of his arrest.

An additional bag of ammunition was also found by officers, it had been hidden in undergrowth at the side of a country lane near Castle Rising.

These weapons were seized by an undercover NCA officer(14338709)
These weapons were seized by an undercover NCA officer(14338709)

Following his arrest Ragozins was charged with being concerned in the supply of firearms.

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to the charge on Friday, June 7 and was sentenced to life imprisonment today.

NCA branch commander Martin Huxley said: "Preventing firearms from reaching the hands of criminals is a key priority for the NCA and our law enforcement partners.

Firearms were found in this water pump (14338706)
Firearms were found in this water pump (14338706)

“We know there are strong connections between firearms and drug supply, and weapons such as these are attractive to organised crime groups because they are so easy to conceal.

"Had we not stopped Ragozins in his tracks, I've no doubt these guns would have been used to commit violent acts on our streets, causing significant harm to the communities we are determined to protect.”

NCA Regional Head of Investigations, Andrea Wilson, added: “The evidence we were able to put forward was key to this guilty plea being secured so early, and I'd particularly like to thank our partners at ERSOU and Norfolk Police for their support and assistance throughout this operation."

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