Man jailed for firearms and drugs offences - Luton

11/06/2014

A man appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Wednesday, 11 June 2014, and was jailed for six years for possessing a hand gun, a pump action shotgun, ammunition, and cocaine and cannabis.

David French, aged 30, of Wodecroft Road, Luton, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the offences.

Armed police officers conducted a search at French's home address on 29 December last year. The search resulted in police recovering an 8mm Russian made pistol and a 12 gauge pump action shot gun with a shortened barrel. Both weapons were loaded. Gun cartridges and a Russian-made gas gun, which had been modified to fire ammunition, along with a shotgun that had its barrel shortened were also discovered. Legal shotgun cartridges and five illegal American Dum Dum bullets that expand on impact were discovered in a locked garden shed.

Officers also found 11 wraps of cocaine worth £200 and cannabis valued at £400. French admitted he kept the weapons at his home in return for cocaine and cannabis.

In March 2013, after a number of firearms offences in Luton, Bedfordshire Police launched Operation Boson, the force's crackdown on gun crime. So far the team has arrested 136 people, executed 109 warrants and recovered 19 illegally held firearms as well as associated firearms ammunition. Fifteen people have been charged with firearms related offences and 26 people have been charged with other criminal offences.

NOTES TO EDITORS

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