The Metropolitan Police's anti-gang unit has charged three men after a pre-planned police operation in north London recovered cocaine, a machine gun and ammunition.

Arber Beqaj, 23, and Musaj Ndricim, 24, both of no fixed address, have been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine. Tristen Asllani, 28, of Avenue Road, Crouch End, has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, possession of a "Skorpion" machine gun and ammunition. He is also charged with possession of a stun gun and dangerous driving.

All three will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (27 January). A fourth man aged 39 was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and bailed to return on a date in March.

Skorpion machines guns were developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s and were at one point the weapon of choice for the Czech army. It can fire 20 rounds into an 9 inch circle from 100 metres away and it permits single fire and automatic shots.