A Watford man whose current whereabouts are unknown and who is a potential threat to the public, was sentenced in his absence, on January 15, to five years’ imprisonment for trying to order explosives online.
Mohammed Humza, 29, of Fuller Road is on the run after being found guilty of using the so-called dark web in an attempt to buy two grenades from an international seller in July 2016.
He used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to pay for two grenades and gave a different delivery address to avoid detection.
Although Humza did not complete his order, he continued to contact the seller and enquired about the availability of other explosive materials and a detonator fuse.
He was arrested at his home in November 2016 by officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and bailed prior to his trial, which he failed to attend throughout.
In November 2016, the officers searched Humza’s home and seized a number of electrical devices, which were found to contain evidence of his intention to purchase items via his dark web account, including searches for an F1 grenade.
Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Davidson, head of investigations at ERSOU, called on the public to help locate Humza and bring him to justice, but advised people to be cautious.
DCI Davidson said: “It is important to note that the offence took place some time ago and (Humza) didn’t receive the items that he was trying to buy.
“However, I would still urge the public not to approach Humza and instead contact police or Crimestoppers immediately.”
Humza is described as being 5ft, 8ins tall, Asian and of medium build and is believed to have links to Birmingham, Luton and Rochdale.
Anyone with information on this case can contact Crimestoppers on Tel 0800 555 111 or via crimstoppers-uk.org
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