Probation officer was gun-runner

    A probation officer who used his job with young offenders as cover
    for a gun-running operation has been jailed for eight years.

    Mark Smith, from Hammersmith and Fulham social services, was in a
    car when he was stopped by police who found a bag containing three
    replica pistols from his work on the intensive supervision and
    surveillance programme.

    Smith denied knowledge of the weapons, but was convicted for
    conspiracy to sell or transfer weapons and for possession of a
    prohibited weapon.

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