Two men will spend more than 15 years in prison after being found guilty of hoarding an armoury of guns as well as a stash of Class A drugs.
Chavance Christian, 20, of Salisbury Road, Newham in London, and Malek Pobi Da Silva, 20, formerly of Addington Way, Luton, were sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Monday 29 October.
Christian was sentenced to eight years and three months in jail, after being found guilty of possession of firearms, and possession of Class A drugs, with intent to supply.
Pobi Da Silva was sentenced to seven years in jail after being found guilty of possession of firearms, possession of Class A drugs, with intent to supply, and possession of Class B drugs.
Lokkmaan Abouelfath, 18, who was under 17 at the time of the offences, was also found guilty of firearms offences and received an 18-month youth rehabilitation order, an 18-month supervision requirement, a 30-day programme requirement and a three-year criminal behaviour order not to associate with his co-defendants.
Two other men who were arrested at the same time had their charges dismissed.
On 15 February, Bedfordshire Police’s Boson team executed a warrant at an address in Addington Way, Luton, where they recovered a Glock handgun, three revolvers, a loaded sawn-off shotgun and ammunition for each weapon. Each of the firearms was viable.
In addition, 42 wraps of heroin and cocaine, and 18 grams of skunk cannabis were also seized.
Detective Inspector Mark Pugh, from the Boson team said: “The Boson team is dedicated to tackling gun and gang criminality in Bedfordshire and we welcome these sentences, which will result in a direct reduction of serious youth violence in Luton.
“I would encourage anyone with information about the location or storage of firearms or gang related crime and drug supply to contact us either on 101, or via our online reporting tool.”
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.