A DRUG dealing ‘career criminal’, who hid a loaded sawn-off shotgun in his garden, has been jailed for six years.
Tavaseen Iqbal’s Foleshill home was raided by officers as part of Operation Blue Steel, where they found the weapon as well as £4,000 worth of Class A and Class B drugs.
Admitting possession with intent to supply the drugs and possession of a firearm, 30-year-old Iqbal was sentenced to six years behind bars as well as £1,000 in costs at Warwickshire Justice Centre on Thursday, December 17.
Iqbal’s conviction is the latest success story for Operation Blue Steel – an on-going operation to crackdown on organised crime across Coventry.
Describing Iqbal as a ‘career criminal’ who was unafraid to use violence to keep his drug-dealing business running, DC Martin Fletcher, from Force CID, said was behind bars ‘where he belongs’.
Chief Inspector Warren Little, from Coventry Police, added the force ‘won’t let criminals like Iqbal rest’.
He added: “Operation Blue Steel is all about taking troubled estates out of the hands of criminals and returning these estates to the community, by working with other agencies to focus on each individual criminal and to stop their offending.
“Coventry is a proud and historic city underpinned by a fantastic community spirit and we will not allow its reputation to be tarnished by a handful of career criminals.”
Anyone with information about crime in their community is encouraged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.