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Dark web gun buyer had sensitive prison information

Dwain Osborne, of Avenue Road, Penge, was arrested by officers from the Organised Crime Partnership in October 2015, after he attempted to purchase a Glock 19 handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition online. 

In a search of his home, officers recovered a media drive, two stolen passports and a police uniform.

Osborne was bailed pending further enquiries, but was re-arrested on 17 February 2016, after the media drive recovered from his home was found to contain sensitive material from HMP Brixton, where he was employed to work in the library.

This information included a list of all inmates and their cell locations, along with a list of all staff and their personal data.

At the time of his second arrest officers also recovered drug wraps, scales, cutting agent, cash and cocaine.

Osborne was charged with nine offences including attempting to purchase a firearm and ammunition and possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply. Osborne pleaded guilty to six charges and was sentenced yesterday at the Old Bailey.

Andy Tickner from the Organised Crime Partnership said:

“People looking to obtain illicit goods and services under the supposed anonymity of the dark web continue to discover that they can be traced and identified.

“Ensuring that firearms cannot be sourced in this way is a priority for the NCA. We will work tirelessly to prevent and disrupt those involved in the buying and selling of firearms on the dark web.”

The Organised Crime Partnership brings together officers from the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police Service to protect London from the harms inflicted by organised crime.


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