Father and son among group jailed for selling more than 120 zombie knives over Snapchat
The court heard that the bladed weapons were being sold over three separate Snapchat accounts
A father and son have been convicted of possessing dozens of deadly zombie knives and other bladed weapons, which were being sold by criminals on social media.
Officers from the Metropolitan police’s Violent Crime Taskforce smashed the criminal racket last February after receiving intelligence that weapons were being sold over Snapchat.
Under cover officers identified a house in Grange Road in east London as the key location where the trade in deadly weapons was being run from.
As surveillance officers watched the house, Fred Truman, 61, and his 27 year old son Omar approached the property and handed over a supermarket plastic bag to another man, Jordan Lovett, 23.
Minutes later, Lovett and two other people, a woman and a 17 year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, emerged from the property carrying three full plastic bags.
They handed the bags over to Fred and Omar Truman.
The pair were stopped by Taskforce officers a few streets away.
A search of the bags they were carrying found 58 machetes, combat knives and lock-knives.
Officers then immediately raided the property where the exchange had taken place.
Inside, they found another 70 weapons and arrested the three people involved in their trade.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court, Omar Truman, from Westminster in central London, was jailed for 19 months after pleading guilty to possessing the weapons.
His father Fred was sentenced to 14 months in prison.
The court heard that the bladed weapons were being sold over three separate Snapchat accounts.
Jordan Lovett, who lived at the Grange Road property, was jailed for 15 months for the unlawful marketing of knives and the possession of £585, received through criminal activities.
Loishana McKenzie, 24, who lives at the same address, was given a 9 month suspended sentence and ordered to do 80 hours unpaid community work.
The 17 year old is still awaiting sentence.
Detective Inspector Jason Colby, of the Violent Crime Taskforce’s Investigations Team, said: “Due to their own greed and callousness, these individuals completely ignored the fact they could be facilitating violent attacks and bloodshed by selling these deadly weapons.
“I have absolutely no doubt that these weapons were intended for London’s streets and would’ve ended up in the wrong hands, including young children.”
The Detective Inspector said the intelligence led operation was a significant blow against the trade in deadly weapons.
“I am confident that we have prevented further incidents and saved lives by seizing these horrifying knives.
“This investigation is part of wider activity across the Met to relentlessly target offenders selling weapons irresponsibly and illegally, and we will continue using all the powers available to us to bring those responsible to justice.”