International arms deal guilt of East Yorkshire man Gary Hyde
An East Yorkshire man helped deliver 40,000 AK47 assault rifles and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria - without a licence.
Arms dealer Gary Hyde, 43, of Mask Lane, Newton on Derwent, was also found guilty of hiding more than £600,000 in commission payments.
The 2007 shipment also included 30,000 rifles and 10,000 pistols, Soutwark Crown Court heard.
Hyde, a former special constable, denied two counts of breaching the Trade in Goods (Control) Order 2003 and one charge of concealing criminal property. He will be sentenced next month.
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Peter Millroy from HMRC said: "Hyde was an experienced arms dealer who thought he could deliberately not comply with the law in order to make some extra money to hide offshore.
"He knew full well that his activity required a licence but he decided not to comply with the law, and we are delighted that after an extensive investigation he has been bought to justice."