22nd Oct, 2017

Jail for drug dealer with machine gun

Coventry Editorial 27th Oct, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A DRUG dealer is starting a ten-year jail sentence after being caught with almost £1million worth of heroin and cocaine and a loaded MAC 10 machine gun.

Dayo Cromwell was arrested back in February after he tried to flee from police who stopped him whilst driving a blue Citroen through Bulkington, Warwickshire.

The 35-year-old was eventually detained in a nearby garden − and found in possession of crack cocaine worth £27,000.

Once in custody, officers searched Cromwell’s flat, on Baldwin Croft, Bell Green, where the huge haul of Class A drugs were uncovered.

Experts estimated the total street value to be in excess of £992,000.

The drugs were a combination of heroin and cocaine and it the belief of officers they were destined to be sold on the streets of Coventry.

Also recovered was a quantity of cutting agent and a “press” machine to blend the drugs into “deals”.

Further searches led to the discovery of the deadly weapon − a MAC 10 machine gun, completed with 23 live rounds and a further stash of 42 bullets.

Cromwell, a car trader, was subsequently charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on October 23 and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

DCI Simon Wallis, of West Midlands Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “The MAC 10 is a weapon of death in the hands of a criminal. To come across guns on our streets is thankfully rare – an automatic gun even more so.

“To recover the weapon loaded and with so many other bullets is hugely significant and a great relief that it is no longer available on the streets.

“Cromwell was operating as a top level criminal and a sentence of ten years rightly reflects this.”

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