Romford teenager among nine in organised criminal gang to plead guilty

The firearm which was recovered from the business premises in Brentwood

The firearm which was recovered from the business premises in Brentwood - Credit: Met Police

Nine members of an organised criminal network involved in conspiracy to supply cocaine and the conversion of a shotgun have pleaded guilty.

Among them is teenager Jorden Hegg of Birch Close, Romford, who admitted conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday and is due to be sentenced on June 9.

Detectives executed a search warrant at NUE Prestige in Suffolk House Yard, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, in September last year and recovered a sawn stock of a shot gun and the tools use for shortening it.

At the business premises – purportedly being used as a car hire company – officers also recovered £2,600 in cash and two canisters of CS gas.


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Subsequent searches revealed a loaded sawn-off shotgun and 16 cartridges hidden in the roof space of an adjoining car port.

A Turkish national, Ugar Kurkukiravul, 30, who lived at the premises, was also arrested and pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to fear unlawful violence and possession of a prohibited weapon.

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CCTV recovered at the yard clearly showed him and four others handling the sawn-off shotgun earlier on the day of the arrests.

Nikhal Shastri, 22, of Wakefield Gardens, Ilford, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to fear unlawful violence, possession of a prohibited weapon and conspiracy to supply class A drugs namely crack cocaine

Amaan Rob, 25, of Berkeley Road, Manor Park, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to fear unlawful violence and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Aaron Ellwood, 24, of Greenwell Road, Witham, Essex, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to fear unlawful violence, possession of a prohibited weapon and conspiracy to supply class A drugs namely crack cocaine.

Lewis Marsh, 18, of Orchard Drive, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to fear unlawful violence, possession of a prohibited weapon and conspiracy to supply class A drugs namely crack cocaine.

Jake Turton, 17, of Peake Avenue, Kirby Cross, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs namely crack cocaine.

Stephen Hirst, 44, of Vaughan Williams Way, Brentwood, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs namely crack cocaine.

Nigel Hammond, 29, of Ravenoak Way, Chigwell, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs namely crack cocaine.

All except Kurkukiravul are UK nationals.

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