Two men have been jailed after a police dog sniffed out an AK47 and ammunition in a bag.
Umar Pervez, 23, of Midhurst Avenue, Croydon and Kyal Truong-Clarke, 25, of High Street, Beckenham were both sentenced to eight years after they were found guilty of conspiracy to transfer a firearm, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition.
On August 6 last year Metropolitan Police officers were carrying out an operation when they saw Pervez carrying a holdall on Mitcham Common.
He was stopped but was no longer in possession of the bag.
A search of the area was carried out, with support from officers from the Met Taskforce and the National Police Air Service.
The holdall was sniffed out by Police Dog Chase and was found to contain an assault rifle, magazine and ammunition.
The firearm was recovered and secured, while Pervez was arrested and taken into custody.
Further enquiries found he had been in contact with Truong-Clarke in the days leading up to the firearm being found, and that Truong-Clarke had made enquiries about how much he could sell the firearm for.
Truong-Clarke was also found guilty of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Masterson, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “I have no doubt that this weapon would have been used to kill or seriously injure somebody on the streets of London, and I am pleased that we have removed that risk.
“We have made significant progress in this area, with a 28 per cent drop in lethal barrel discharges compared with this time two years ago.”
Picture: Kyal Truong-Clarke and Umar Pervez (Picture: Metropolitan Police)