Irishman admits to smuggling 60 guns into the UK in his car 5 months ago

Irishman admits to smuggling 60 guns into the UK in his car

Robert Keogh was stopped on Friday, 2 August.

An Irishman who was found with 60 firearms in his car has admitted gun smuggling after a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation in the UK.

37-year-old Robert Keogh, from Clonee in Dublin, was stopped at 5am on Friday, 2 August by Border Force officers at the port of Dover, en route from Calais.

Having left the UK through Dover several days earlier, Keogh told officials that he was returning from Europe, and had "just been driving around."

Initially, one firearm was found in the car’s rear-left quarter panel.

Subsequent searches by Border Force officers unearthed a further 59 firearms concealed deep inside the car’s bumper and both rear quarter panels.

He subsequently admitted illegally importing firearms when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday.

He will return to court for sentencing on 11 October of this year.

In an interview, he told NCA officers that he had a €3,000 gambling debt.

He initially said he didn’t know there was anything secreted in the car on the return journey.

More information on the arrest can be found on the National Crime Agency website here.