Two Bedford men have been put behind bars for a total of 17 years for drugs and firearms offences, after being caught driving a stolen car.
Habib Gohar, 19, of Coxs Close, and Hassan Nazir, 20, of Cromwell Road, were spotted driving a car stolen from Cambridgeshire in Queens Park, Bedford, on 5 January 2018.
A search at Gohar’s address three days later to look for the car keys also led to officers finding a gun, three rounds of ammunition, heroin, cash, and other drug dealing items.
Cops later found crack cocaine, heroin, and a magazine compatible with the seized firearm inside the stolen vehicle.
Upon sentencing on 14 February, His Honour Judge Foster described them both as ‘pedlars in misery’.
Gohar was sentenced to eight years in prison for a number of offences including possession of a firearm and possession with intent to Class A drugs.
Nazir received a nine year sentence after being found guilty of the same offences.
Detective Constable Jay Watts said: “Thankfully, two dangerous individuals, along with their potentially lethal firearm, are now safely off the streets and unable to cause harm.
“When it was seized, the gun was examined and found to be a blank firing pistol – which had been converted to fire live ammunition. Tests confirmed that because of its conversion, it was now a fully-automatic weapon capable of lethal discharge.
“We will not tolerate those who seek to bring harm to our communities through drug dealing and violent crime, and we’re pleased that justice has been done today.”