Three men jailed for drugs and firearm offences

22/07/2016

Three drug dealers have today been jailed for a total of 18 years at Birmingham Crown Court after they admitted of being in possession of crack cocaine and heroin which was hidden in children's chocolate egg capsules, as well as being in possession of two loaded 12 gauge sawn-off shotguns.

On 6 January 2016, armed police detained the occupants of a Volkswagen Golf car which had been parked on Birchfield Road in Aston.

The three people arrested were 23-year-old Jayden Lemathy, 20-year-old Rowan Youngsam and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Police conducted a search of the car, which had been stolen and was on false number plates, and they located two sawn-off shotguns which were both loaded with live ammunition, 13 shotgun rounds and two children's chocolate egg capsules which contained crack cocaine and heroin. They also recovered an empty egg capsule, a lock knife and 1981.83 in cash.

Rowan Youngsam and the youth were also before the court for an being further involved in the supply of crack-cocaine and heroin in the Hereford and Worcester Area. West Mercia Police raided a house in Ledbury and discovered the two asleep in the living room. Both were wearing gloves and on the table between them were multiple packages of crack-cocaine and heroin.

  • Jayden Lemathy pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled drug of class A with intent, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing a prohibited firearm. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
  • Rowan Youngsam pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm and to four counts of possessing controlled drugs of class A with intent. He was sentenced to seven years at a Young Offenders Institute.
  • The 17-year-old youth pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing a controlled drug of class A with intent, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing a prohibited firearm. He was sentenced to five years at a Young Offenders Institute

Jason Corden-Bowen, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"These three individuals were all involved in selling drugs across the West Midlands and they carried with them loaded firearms which were ready to be used when required.

"The Crown Prosecution Service is fully committed to robustly prosecuting those who are who deal in class A drugs or those who possess or use firearms.

"We hope that these convictions send out a clear and strong message to those involved in this life-style that you will be caught and you will be prosecuted."