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Veteran gangster gets 14 years for gun and drug crimes.

A GANGSTER with links to one of the UK's most notorious crime families is starting a 14-year jail term, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Officers tailing John Reilly, 65, found cocaine worth more than pounds 300,000 after swooping on him as he sat in his car in north London.

And when they searched a property he had been seen leaving earlier that day officers uncovered a startling haul of weapons.

Among the arsenal were machine guns, shotguns, handguns, semi-automatic pistols, five silencers and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Reilly, of north London, admitted a number of firearms offences and conspiracy to supply cocaine when he appeared at Woolwich Crown Court, Scotland Yard said.

He is believed to have links to the Adams family, who have a reputation for being at the top of the tree for organised crime.

Crime boss Terry Adams was jailed for seven years for money laundering in March.

Reilly received two years for the ammunition charge, 10 years for the drug charge and seven years for each of the firearms offences.

The firearms offences are to run consecutive to each other, but concurrently alongside the drugs and ammunition sentences.

Reilly admitted 12 counts of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a certificate, and conspiracy to supply cocaine.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2007
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