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Man who tried to smuggle firearm into country jailed

A man who tried to smuggle a firearm into the country has been jailed.

Ryan Bonner, 19, was caught after law enforcement in the US inspected a parcel bound for Scotland and found a pistol and ammunition.

They alerted the Organised Crime Partnership, who arranged for a “placebo parcel” to be delivered in place of the gun.

It arrived at the home of Bonner’s friend Jonathan Paxton, 20, in Largs on 3 December 2019, where Bonner picked up the unopened parcel and took it home to Inverkip. Officers then carried out an armed raid of Bonner’s home and arrested him.

When Paxton’s home was searched, officers found £3430 worth of Ecstasy.

At the High Court in Glasgow in January, Bonner pled guilty to acquiring a firearm, and Paxton pled guilty to the supply of drugs.

On Friday February 5, Bonner and Paxton each received a custodial sentence of 20 months.

Jennifer Harrower, Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework, said: "This conviction and sentence should send a message to those who try to bring firearms into the country illegally.

"Scotland has strict laws controlling the ownership of firearms aimed at preventing their circulation.

"We will continue to work with justice partners and the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce to find and prosecute those who put Scotland’s communities at risk in this way."