Man who tried buying grenades on dark web finally jailed after going on the run

Mohammed Humza
Mohammed Humza
Gareth Milner

By Gareth Milner

Published: 08/02/2022

- 15:04

Updated: 08/02/2022

- 15:05

After he was bailed ahead of a trial in October 2020, he fled overseas and did not turn up to the court.

In a long running saga, Mohammed Humza has finally been jailed for his attempts to buy grenades on the dark web.

He was first arrested in 2016 after attempting to use bitcoin to pay for two grenades on the dark web, he also asked about purchasing other explosive items including a detonator fuse.

Unfortunately for Mr Humza, he was actually chatting to an undercover FBI agent. His home was raided, and several electrical items were seized which revealed searches for grenades and the login details for his dark web accounts.

After he was bailed ahead of a trial in October 2020, he fled overseas and did not turn up to court.

Last month he was sentenced to five years in jail for attempts to possess an explosive substance for unlawful purposes, with investigations to try and track him down continuing.

Thanks to the hard work of police officers from Greater Manchester Police, he was found and arrested last week and appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday 4th February.

He was jailed for a further eight weeks on top of the existing five-year sentence.

Detective Inspector Ian Mawdesley said: “Although Humza didn’t end up gaining access to these weapons, the evidence uncovered left no doubt as to his intention. He then attempted to evade authorities by fleeing the country.

“Thanks to our officers, who were relentless in their pursuit of him, he has been caught and will now pay the price for his actions by spending a lengthy time behind bars, showing that you can never truly outrun justice.”

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