A couple from Essex have been arrested after two guns and rounds of ammunition were found at a house in Colchester.
Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP), a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police unit, carried out a search of a property on Broom Way, Colchester, on Thursday, February 25, where they seized two handguns, one of which was fully loaded.
Lance Ames, 64, of Broom Way, Colchester, was arrested at the scene and was charged on Saturday, February 27 on suspicion of possessing firearms, ammunition and obstructing police.
His partner, Kim Ames, 61, also of Broom Way, Colchester, was also taken into custody and charged with the same gun-related offences over the weekend.
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Officers had found both firearms in a wooden box, which was stored in an ottoman at the end of a bed, along with up to fifty bullets.
Mobile phones, a baton and a selection of suspected class A drugs were also ceased by police and removed from the property.
More than £8,000 in cash was seized from safes and will be subject to a Proceeds Of Crime hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.
The couple are due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, March 29, 2021.
DI Richard Smith from the OCP: “With the support of Essex Police, we’ve taken two potentially deadly weapons out of circulation.
“The OCP is dedicated to reducing serious and organised crime, which includes investigating the supply of firearms and class A drugs into the UK.”