Last month Gary Hyde was jailed for acting as a broker for an illegal gun shipment to Nigeria. But File on 4 has discovered that, although he came under investigation over the deal in 2007, he was able to continue selling weapons and ammunition to police and the MoD.
From an anonymous-looking building on an industrial estate in York, Gary Hyde sold guns to customers across the UK.
He had worked hard to build a reputation as a respected weapons trader but he was not just supplying the domestic market.
In December the 43-year-old was jailed for seven years at Southwark Crown Court for his role in an illegal shipment of weapons to Nigeria.
The consignment, for which he had no licence, was enough to equip a small army. The rounds of ammunition alone would have filled 37 containers.
Elspeth Pringle from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “There were 40,000 AK47 assault rifles, 30,000 further assault rifles, 10,000 9mm pistols and 32 million rounds of ammunition.”
The case came after a prolonged investigation into the deal which began back in 2007.