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A group of German-based British troops has been convicted of smuggling guns and cocaine from continental Europe in order to sell them to the London underworld, local media reported. According to reports a former member of an elite cavalry regiment of the British army’s Lemar Loveless had plotted the plan with the help of three serving soldiers in Germany and making criminal contacts in three countries. The four soldiers together with a criminal contact in London were convicted of conspiracy to import firearms and class A drugs at Woolwich Crown Court on January 20, the British media reported. The arrests were made last year in an intelligence-led swoop by the Met’s Operation Trident, which tackles gun crime in London’s black community after five guns, three silencers, ammunition and half a kilo of cocaine with a street value of £70,000 were found in the criminals’ car. “[The operation] led to the removal of five lethal firearms and ammunition, weapons which would inevitably have been used to commit acts of serious violence on the streets of London,” said detective inspector Chris Jones, of Trident Gang Crime Command. MOS/MOL/HE