Two Nottingham men have each been locked up for seven years for drug and firearms offences.
Cameron Green, 24, of Mildenhall Crescent in Bestwood and Christopher Asbury, 25, of Mansfield Street in Sherwood were sentenced on Friday (31 March 2017) at Nottingham Crown Court after police found drugs and firearms in their homes.
The court heard how Police intelligence had led to searches being carried out at the two properties. In Bestwood, officers found over £17,000 worth of drugs along with a loaded shotgun, CS gas sprays and almost £17,500 in cash. In Sherwood; a revolver, ammunition and shotgun parts were located along with evidence that Asbury was operating a workshop where he converted deactivated handguns to accept live ammunition.
The pair were found to be working together when Asbury’s fingerprints were discovered on a box which contained the shotgun found at Green’s address.
Green was charged with possessing criminal property, possessing disguised firearms, possessing a firearm (shotgun) without a certificate as well as possessing both heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.
Asbury was charged with possessing a prohibited firearm, possessing a firearm (shotgun) without a certificate, possessing ammunition without a certificate and possessing cannabis.
They had both pleaded guilty to the offences on Friday 10 March.
Detective Constable Marvyn Johnson of Nottinghamshire Police said: “These are two very dangerous individuals, a drug dealer and an underworld armourer, who would still be operating in Nottinghamshire had we not searched their homes. I have to thank the intelligence and search teams, without whom the job would have been impossible. I hope these long custodial sentences send out the message that we will not tolerate those who choose this kind of lifestyle, intelligence is being gathered all the time and we will continue to act upon any evidence we find and bring those people to justice.”