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Madonna bodyguard jailed for gun-running

A former US Marine - who once worked as a bodyguard for Madonna - was jailed for 10 years yesterday for smuggling guns into the UK.

Steven Greenoe (37), of Raleigh, North Carolina, bought guns from US shops, broke them down to their component parts and then smuggled them into the UK in his luggage.

Greenoe was sentenced to 10 years at a federal court in Greenville, North Carolina, followed by three years supervision on his release.

In November Steven Cardwell (31) from Liverpool was given an indeterminate jail sentence following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court after he obtained scores of smuggled guns from Greenoe.

United States Attorney Thomas G Walker said: "This was an international investigation into illegal firearms trafficking and firearms smuggling.

"Illegal firearms smuggling poses a danger to the public, and our office will prosecute such cases vigorously."

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