Loaded pistol, cocaine and £200k seized following surveillance operation

17 May 2018

 

A loaded pistol has been recovered from a drug trafficker’s home following an operation by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP), which is jointly run by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Metropolitan Police Service.

 

The gun was found with 20 bullets, cocaine, £193,430 in cash and lists of recorded drug deals at the Aaron Chander’s house in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton.

 

Chander, 26, is one of three dealers imprisoned today following a cocaine deal in a pub car park.

 

He was sentenced to 17 years and two months at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of the gun, conspiring to supply cocaine and money laundering.

 

After admitting their part in the cocaine conspiracy Aba Saleh, 31, of Townsend Lane, and Ferass Awwad, 27, of Green Lane North, Childwall, both Liverpool, were sentenced to seven years, and five years three months respectively.

 

OCP officers followed Chander, Saleh and Awwad to the car park of the Moreton Arms in Wolverhampton in October last year.

 

They arrested the three men after watching Chander get in and get out of a car in which Saleh and Awwad were sitting.

 

The officers found 6kg of cocaine, wrapped in balloons and inside a sports bag, in the boot of the car.

 

Matthew McMillan, Organised Crime Partnership Operations Manager, said: “Organised criminals are a threat to the public even when unarmed.

 

“But if they have access to guns they become a serious danger to members of the public. I have no doubt that this firearm would have been used to further Chandler’s drug trafficking activities. 

 

“Finding guns and removing them from the streets is a top priority for the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police.”

 

The Organised Crime Partnership brings together officers from the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service to protect the communities of London and elsewhere from the harms inflicted by organised crime.

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