Burton men who hid prohibited weapon concealed as a torch jailed

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Two Burton men, who were found with a Taser-like device disguised as a torch, have been jailed for firearms offences and supply of drugs.

Asim Hamid was sentenced to six years and three months and Junaid Ali was sentenced to five years, on November 17th at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Following a week-long trial in October at Stafford Crown Court, Hamid, aged 36, of Goodman Street, Burton and Ali, 22, of Wyggeston Street, Burton were found guilty on possession of a prohibited weapon and possession with intent to supply.

Ali was given five years for the firearms offence and a current 18-month sentence for possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The court heard that the men’s Seat Leon car had been stopped by police in Goodman Street, Burton, on 27 September 2016.

Officers smelt cannabis and conducted a search of Ali which led to the discovery of 11 snap bags of green vegetation.

Hamid, who was driving, was found to be under the influence of drugs.

In custody, a further packet of green vegetation was found on him.

The torch-shaped device has been classified as a section 5 firearm (prohibited weapon).

Officers also found 24 grip seal bags and four cling-film wraps of cannabis under the seat with a street value of around £400.

Mobile phones were confiscated with a number of text messages relating to offers to sell cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Bentley, of Staffordshire Police, said: “These men took steps to conceal a dangerous and prohibited weapon.

“We hope this sends a clear message that we will not tolerate such weapons, or dealing drugs, on Staffordshire streets and will work hard to bring offenders to justice.”

 

 

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