Watch: Gun supplier Alireza Nowbakht snared by police converting firearms at his Smethwick home
National Crime Agency police raid Alireza Nowbakht’s home in Smethwick, West Midlands, where he converted firearms in his bedroom workshop
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Dramatic footage shows the moment a gun supplier was arrested by armed police who found him converting blank-firing pistols into deadly firearms from his bedroom.
Alireza Nowbakht, 50, was detained by police who swooped at his property in Smethwick, West Midlands, on December 22 last year.
A court heard he operated a weapons factory from his home where he made lethal firearms from blank-firing guns he ordered online. Nowbakht bought the guns from a legitimate supplier and had them delivered to a nearby address, which he would then pick up. He used a makeshift workshop, including machining tools, to convert the guns into viable weapons, live rounds of ammunition and ammunition casings.
Officers from the National Crime Agency’s Armed Operations Unit raided his homeand also found a stolen VW Tiguan parked outside. The car had been taken from nearby Wednesbury 12 days prior, and had been disguised with cloned number plates. Police can be heard screaming "armed police, come to the door" before training their guns on the suspect as he gives himself up.
After being interviewed by NCA officers he was charged with possessing a firearm, possessing ammunition and theft of a motor car.Nowbakht admitted the charges at Wolverhampton Crown Court and was jailed for five years on Monday (July 10).
NCA Regional Head of Investigations Kay Mellor said afterwards: “Alireza Nowbakht was purchasing blank firers and converting them into lethal weapons.“He was clearly engaged in putting these weapons into the criminal supply chain in the West Midlands.
“As well as seizing illegal firearms currently in circulation, we will continue to prevent these weapons from making it onto the streets where they are used in acts of serious violence.”