A drug dealer who was caught carrying a handgun and up to £10,000 worth of cocaine and heroin has been jailed.
Cairo Williams, 22, from Kings Heath in Birmingham, was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars after he was searched by officers this year.
We spotted him riding a bike in the Wolseley area of Tamworth in January. He tried to get away but was quickly stopped and searched in the area.
After searching him, we found:
A black handgun and ammunition
Around 60 grams of crack cocaine - worth around £6,200
More than 80 wraps of heroin
Three mobile phones which he was using to sell the drugs
More than £400 in cash
After looking through the phone, we realised that Williams had been selling the drugs as part of a county drug line.
He later pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday (8 June). He was jailed for possession of a firearm, possession of firearm ammunition, possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine, and possession of criminal property.
The work also comes as we continue to target serious organised crime as part of our Operation Target commitment.
We are disrupting and pursuing criminals who plan, organise and commit serious criminal offences across the county, including drug supply, illegal firearms, knife crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Detective Sergeant Jon Bradbury, who dealt with this case, said: "I'm happy that we've been able to disrupt a major drug network and take a potentially lethal weapon off our streets.
"We are proactive in our pursuit of serious and organised crime and we will continue to act on intelligence and work alongside local partners to stop those responsible for these crimes in Staffordshire."