Three Croydon men have been sentenced to a combined 13 years in prison for owning and modifying a shotgun.
Junior Lewis, 30, and Cornell Burrell, 29, pleaded guilty before Judge Stephen Waller at Croydon Crown Court, while Tony Daly, 47, was found guilty following a two-day trial after denying some of the allegations.
The men were arrested after a sawn-off shotgun was found in Daly’s rented Norbury Crescent home last September following a police search.
The trio had used the address as a safe place to modify the weapon.
Lewis and Burrell had earlier been seen buying a hacksaw, metal file and sandpaper from a DIY store to cut the stock and barrel of the gun, the court heard.
Forensic examiners also found fibres from Lewis’ jumper on the weapon.
Evidence of a planned hydroponic room was found at Daly’s house, and he confessed to dealing and planning to grow cannabis.
He was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of the shotgun, two years for having a cannabis factory at his house, and four months for selling cannabis.
Burrell and Lewis were each sentenced to five years and four months for possession of the shotgun and another four years for modifying it.
Lewis was handed an additional four months for possession of a Class A drug after he was found with cocaine.
Detective Inspector Paul Dorey from Operation Trident, who oversaw the investigation, said: “Thanks to the coordinated efforts of officers from my unit, local officers and other specialist units today, three dangerous individuals have been jailed and a lethal firearm has been removed from the streets of London.
“This case highlights that we actively pursue people who engage in the carrying and distribution of weapons, we will not allow such people to go undetected.”