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Two jailed after sawn-off shotgun and Class A drugs discovered in raid

Two men have been jailed after police found a sawn-off shotgun and evidence of Class A drug dealing when they raided a house.

Officers discovered the firearm wrapped in a blanket inside a kitchen cupboard when they executed a warrant at the address in Manton Villas, Worksop.

Drugs and evidence of drug dealing were also uncovered during raids on the property on 24 May and 19 July last year.

During the first warrant, a large number of rocks of cocaine, cash and dealer bags were found.

The firearm, weighing scales with remnants of a white powder, empty deal bags and cannabis were discovered following the second raid.

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When officers searched a shed at the Manton Villas home they found the shotgun barrel which had been chopped off and an angle grinder, which it is believed had been used to remove it.

Colin Wright, Adam Clifton and Dale Scarborough were all arrested following the raids.

Wright, aged 52, of Manton Villas, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine, possessing a firearm without a certificate, possessing a firearm when prohibited for life and shortening a shotgun barrel.

He was jailed for a total of four years when he appeared at Derby Crown Court for sentencing on Monday (25 March).

Thirty-four-year-old Clifton, of Farfield, Retford, was jailed for 44 weeks when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 5 February.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a certificate and shortening a shotgun barrel.

Scarborough, aged 37, of Manton Villas, was sentenced to 24 months’ jail, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of cannabis.

Detective Constable Lauren Carpenter, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Thankfully firearms offences are extremely rare in Nottinghamshire and that’s because we are very proactive about taking guns off the streets before they can be used to cause harm.

“In this instance, the vigilance of the officers who searched the address resulted in a dangerous weapon being seized and destroyed.

“If you have any information about those involved in gun crime, or know where weapons are being stored, please keep contacting us so that we can take positive action.

“This property was also being used to deal Class A drugs. It is always good news when we can disrupt the trade in illegal drugs by taking dealers and their drugs off the streets.”

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