"Don't pretend you weren't thinking this is Fast and Furious."
Luton drug dealer Mohammed Parvez, aged 20, of Linden Road, has been jailed for six years and seven months for a string of offences including possession of a gun.
He was sentenced on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Luton Crown Court.
On August 15, 2018, officers suspected Parvez was dealing drugs from a car in Dunstable. As they tried to stop the vehicle, it sped off and drove at speed.
At one point, Parvez drove on the wrong side of the road. As he turned into Emerald Street, officers saw him put his arm out of the window and drop something out of it. It was later found to be wraps of cocaine.
The car continued to drive at speed through Dunstable, overtaking vehicles on the wrong side of the road.
Parvez reached speeds of up to 70 mph. The car came to a stop when a stinger device was deployed near Hatters Way Retail Park.
When confronted by officers, Parvez said: “You loved my driving. Don’t pretend you weren’t thinking this is Fast and Furious.”
Officers recovered a driving licence in Parvez’s name from the car. They also found a constantly ringing phone, £60 in cash and a small white rock wrapped in clingfilm.
They searched his home and found two mobile phones, empty deal bags and cash in a box in a cupboard.
Parvez was questioned, charged and released on bail by the court.
On February 7, 2019, community officers spotted Parvez in Luton town centres carrying a black man bag and a baseball bat, which he concealed down his trousers.
The officers called for support and followed him into a local bowling alley.
When officers arrived and detained him, Parvez was no longer in possession of the bat or the bag.
The bag was hidden in a bin and it contained a gun. Experts examined it and confirmed that it was a live firearm, loaded with three rounds of ammunition.
The bag also contained timesheets relating to Parvez’s job and other paperwork.
The baseball bat was found hidden under a nearby gaming machine.
During the police interview, Parvez inadvertently linked himself to the gun when explained his job and timesheets. He then made no further comment throughout the interview.
He was sentenced to five years for possession of a prohibited weapon, 18 months for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and four weeks for possession of a bladed article.
The Luton Today reported that Mohammed Parvez was also jailed for two years for possession of ammunition and a further ten months for dangerous driving offences to run concurrently.
Detective Chief Inspector Duncan Young said: “It’s a miracle that no serious collision occurred while Parvez was driving the car.
“He clearly had no regard for other road users, and was intent on getting away from the police at whatever the cost.”
“Thankfully, the only consequences, in this case, are for Parvez himself, who now has plenty of time to familiarise himself with the Highway Code.
“Parvez’s expectation here was clearly that he would get away with dangerous driving, drug dealing and handling weapons.
“He will now face the reality of time in prison, away from his friends, family and home comforts, but I hope he’ll at least be able to rethink his life choices.
“We continue to put people behind bars for carrying weapons and dealing drugs and our community teams have been closing cannabis factories across the country.
“Yet still the message isn’t getting through, so I will make this clear: if you are involved in drug criminality, gang criminality, or you carry firearms or weapons, we will come after you.”