JAILED: Drug dealer who kept lethal AK47 rifle at home gets 11 years

JAILED: Drug dealer who kept lethal AK47 rifle at home gets 11 years

JAILED: Drug dealer who kept lethal AK47 rifle at home gets 11 years

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A DRUG dealer who kept an AK47 rifle at home has been jailed for 11 years.

David Williamson, 28, of Howards Mead, Pennington, was found guilty of possessing the firearm and its ammunition following an investigation by Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Fortress team.

He was also found guilty of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug and was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court to four years for the firearms offences and a further seven years for the supply offences to run consecutively.

Detective Inspector Jason Attwell from the Operation Fortress team said: “While there is nothing to indicate that this weapon has been used in a recent crime, it is by definition designed to do one thing and its proximity to ammunition enhances its potentially lethal consequences.

"Firearms are often used by organised drugs groups to cause fear of violence as well as to kill and injure. The possession of this weapon in these circumstances posed a significant risk to the public.

“I’m pleased to say therefore that this firearm and its ammunition, all of which are prohibited by law, have now been taken off our streets and will be destroyed.

“David Williamson’s conviction and the recovery of this lethal weapon and evidence of related drug supply is the result of excellent local policing and the Operation Fortress investigation team working together.

“It sends a clear message that we’re taking a pro-active approach to making Hampshire and the Isle of Wight hostile places for anyone thinking of coming here to deal drugs and harm or intimidate others.

“Operation Fortress is the campaign to reduce the harm of drug-related violence which we know can have a devastating impact on communities. We’re working together with our partner agencies and local neighbourhoods to help rebuild them free from the fear of crime.

“You can help too by telling us in confidence if you’re concerned about drug-related crime where you live. The more we know, the more we can do about it.”

Anyone with information can contact the police in confidence on 101 or email operation.fortress@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.

If you don’t want to speak with the police directly, you can call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

In an emergency, always call 999.

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4:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

'by Hamoshire Constabulary’s Operation Fortress team'

'being concerned in the supply a class A drug'

Daily newspaper of the year!
'by Hamoshire Constabulary’s Operation Fortress team' 'being concerned in the supply a class A drug' Daily newspaper of the year! hooplaa
  • Score: 14

4:49pm Fri 17 Jan 14

typ nowhere says...

But it is only newspaper of the year so that EDF have a free advert.
But it is only newspaper of the year so that EDF have a free advert. typ nowhere
  • Score: 10

6:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Should have been double that sentence , hope he enjoys his time inside just a pity we tax payers have to pay for it.
Should have been double that sentence , hope he enjoys his time inside just a pity we tax payers have to pay for it. skydriver
  • Score: 15

8:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Classic identity fit **** going down .Don,t invite a lot of debate.
Classic identity fit **** going down .Don,t invite a lot of debate. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

9:05am Sat 18 Jan 14

Townee says...

The sentence shows how the judges think it's worse to have drugs than to have a gun.
Should have got life for having a gun and 50 years for the drugs.
The sentence shows how the judges think it's worse to have drugs than to have a gun. Should have got life for having a gun and 50 years for the drugs. Townee
  • Score: 5

4:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

stevobath says...

Obviously if he was in some kind of 'paid Force', shot people who were unarmed & colluded when evidence was asked for yet refused to give any evidence but written stuff instead of face to face verbal evidence, he would've walked away free of any guilt.
I don't disagree with his sentence, but I'd take most of our 'Public Protectors' colluded evidence with a pinch of salt.
Can't wait for 'Hilsborough' to be investigated. I hope the 300 odd altered notebooks & entries that have been fiddled are punished accordingly.

Of course it never matters...UNTIL its your Son/Daughter/Grandch
ild /Spouse etc that is a victim of a total miscarriage of justice by bent 'Public Servants'....
Obviously if he was in some kind of 'paid Force', shot people who were unarmed & colluded when evidence was asked for yet refused to give any evidence but written stuff instead of face to face verbal evidence, he would've walked away free of any guilt. I don't disagree with his sentence, but I'd take most of our 'Public Protectors' colluded evidence with a pinch of salt. Can't wait for 'Hilsborough' to be investigated. I hope the 300 odd altered notebooks & entries that have been fiddled are punished accordingly. Of course it never matters...UNTIL its your Son/Daughter/Grandch ild /Spouse etc that is a victim of a total miscarriage of justice by bent 'Public Servants'.... stevobath
  • Score: -5

11:32am Sun 19 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

At least it is one more drug dealer off our streets
At least it is one more drug dealer off our streets Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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