Man jailed after massive weapons haul discoveryPublished 07/02/2013 05:53:18 PM
A man is beginning a 13-year jail term after a large stash of firearms and ammunition were found in his Salford house.
Paul Gribbin (born 31/12/1970), of Lascar Avenue, Salford, pleaded guilty to nine offences of possession of a prohibited weapon.
He was today, at Manchester Crow Court, Crown Square, sentenced to 13 years in total, six-and-a-half years each for possession of an assault rifle and the seven offences of possession of prohibited weapons and three years for possession of a Ruger rifle, to run concurrently.
On Friday 22 February 2013, police in Salford, assisted by the Project Gulf team, carried out a drugs warrant at an address on Lascar Avenue, Ordsall.
During a search of the property, nine firearms were recovered, including pistols and rifles.
During a comprehensive search of the house a number of items were recovered from a cupboard under the stairs. These included a self-loading handgun, a sawn-off shotgun, a semi-automatic handgun with silencer, a rifle, a pump action shotgun, a Ruger .22 rifle, a Glock handgun and a military-issue light support weapon.
An array of ammunition was also found including magazines and a range of bullets.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Downey, based at Swinton CID, said: "Gribbin's hoard was an astonishing array of weaponry the likes of which we rarely see.
"We might never know the full story behind how Gribbins came to have such a stash of guns, but we all know these weapons have two primary aims - to threaten or kill.
"Today's sentence hands out the strongest possible message - if you harbour illegal guns, in whatever guise, and we find out, you are guaranteed to be sent to jail for a significant portion of your life."