TWO men have been handed long jail terms for drug dealing and firearms possession.
West Midlands Police say they found a loaded gun hidden under one of their beds at a home in Sheldon.
Officers patrolling Birmingham’s Arcadian on November 11 were pointed in the direction of Adam Khan, aged 20, and 19-year-old Sol Powles by members of the public who suspected the pair were dealing drugs.
Powles was found to have wraps of cannabis and cocaine secreted in his boxer shorts while a cannabis grinder and nine wraps of cannabis were found on Khan.
And when Khan’s home in Outmore Road, Sheldon was searched, police recovered a loaded revolver wrapped inside a bandana stashed in his bedroom.
Khan denied all knowledge of the gun and suggested Powles, of no fixed address, had left a bag in his room before they headed into the city centre earlier that evening.
He also rejected suggestions he was dealing drugs and claimed the cannabis was for personal use.
However, police say analysis of his phone revealed messages in which he said he could supply “bud” and “sniff” − street phrases for cannabis an cocaine − and could also get his hands on “haze” which is a strong form of cannabis.
Powles later admitted possessing an illegal gun and cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply, while Khan also pleaded guilty to the firearms offence and dealing cannabis.
The pair were jailed for seven years and five years and 10 months, respectively, at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday (May 4).
Detective constable Darren English said: “The pair were smoking a joint and quite brazenly dealing drugs in the Arcadian…both initially claimed it was for personal use but the drugs were divided into dealer wraps.
“They tried blaming each other for the gun but it was clear they both had knowledge of it and are now both paying a heavy price with lengthy prison sentences.
“Anyone with access to illegal firearms, even if they are storing it for someone else and have no intention of using it, can expect to spend many years behind bars.”
Anyone with information on illegal firearms, or suspects someone has access to one, can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.