Two men have been charged in separate incidents by Bedfordshire Police’s guns and gangs Boson unit.
Last week a man in his 20s from Bedford was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, as well as possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
This follows a Boson investigation into a firearms discharge in Bedford earlier this month, in which no one was injured.
Bullet casings were recovered from the scene as well as a gun box and a round of blank ammunition in connection to this investigation.
Police also found more than £1,000 worth of Class A drugs.
In a separate Boson investigation on Friday (19 February), an 18-year-old man from Bedford was also charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine.
It follows a warrant in Bedford on the same day by Boson officers, which recovered a number of mobile phones.
Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Glynn said: “Wherever we find drug dealers, we will often find gun crime, knife crime and other serious violence, as well as children and other vulnerable people being exploited.
“Even during lockdown, organised crime gangs are still causing misery in our communities.
“You can help us stop this though and prevent future violence. If you have concerns about drug dealing, please report them – all these reports are logged and assist our investigations.
“You can also report anything confidentially via Crimestoppers, if you would rather not talk to us.”
Anyone with any information can contact police through Bedfordshire.police.uk/report
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information visit this landing page on the Crimestoppers website.