"Drug dealing and firearms cause significant harm"
Umar Javid, aged 19, of Kempston, Bedfordshire, has been sentenced for supplying Class A drugs. The teenage drug dealer was also found in possession of a gun.
Luton Crown Court heard that Javid was first arrested on June 21, 2019.
Officers had stopped a vehicle in Bassett Road, Leighton Buzzard.
Javid attempted to run away, dropping cling-filmed packages containing Class A drugs as he fled, however, he was caught and arrested.
He also had a small amount of cannabis in his possession as well as a mobile phone. When it was investigated, it provided evidence that Javid was involved in dealing drugs.
In early 2020, it was reported to police that Javid was believed to be in possession of a firearm.
In April, armed officers recovered a gun from Javid’s bedroom. They established that it was a blank-firing weapon that had been converted into a viable firearm.
At Luton Crown Court, Javid pleaded guilty to possession of a gun, two charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of cannabis.
Detective Sergeant Wil Taylor, from Bedfordshire Police’s Boson Team, which is dedicated to tackling gangs and serious youth violence, said:
“We are really pleased to see Javid behind bars.
“Drug dealing and firearms cause significant harm to our communities and we will never tolerate this in our county.
“We hope this sentence serves as a warning to those who are involved in the supply of illegal drugs and guns in Bedfordshire.
“We must also commend those who reported the matter to the police.
“We cannot tackle these issues alone, and work together with our communities and partners to disrupt this type of criminality.”
On June 8, 2020, Javid was handed a five-year term for the firearm and ammunition offences, as well as custodial sentences of three years for both the drugs supply offences, which will be served concurrently.
The teenage drug dealer will serve his five-year sentence in a young offenders’ institution.
Javid’s conviction marks the latest major sentence secured by Bedfordshire Police’s guns and gangs team, which has secured almost 500 years in jail terms for offenders linked to serious violence over the past two years.
Anyone with any information about criminal activity can contact Bedfordshire Police online or by calling 101.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.