Two Tower Hamlets residents are among four men that have been jailed for a total of 34 years for a planned drugs robbery.
Aaron Morris, 22, and Mark Morris, 37, both from Poplar, were among four men intercepted by police last year whilst en route to rob a drugs safe house containing £5 million worth of illegal drugs.
All four men were arrested on and later charged with suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of firearms.
The four, whose pleas were heard in three separate court cases last year, were sentenced on January 27 at Southwark Crown Court.
Aaron Morris was found guilty of conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs on December 13 of last year. He has been jailed for eight years.
Mark Morris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and supply controlled drugs on November 28. He was also jailed for 8 years.
Last July the group, who were stopped by officers from the Met’s Projects Team, were found to be in possession of a loaded firearm, hammers, handcuffs, balaclavas and masks.
An address linked to one of the defendants Mark Bines, 28, was searched and £5000 in cash was found along with a computer displaying images of an address in Essex.
Police later found significant amounts of amphetamines and cannabis at the Essex address.
The occupant of the property, David Fear, 56, was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. He received a four-year sentence.
The other men, Kevin Hunter, 18, from Chingford and Mark Bines, 28, from Woodford Green Essex, were sentenced for ten and eight years respectively.
Hunter was found guilty of conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. Bines, who appeared in court with Mark Morris, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to supply drugs.