JAILED: Birmingham drug dealer found with arsenal of ‘evil’ weapons

Sohail Amjad - Picture from West Midlands Police
Sohail Amjad – Picture from West Midlands Police

A drug dealer has been jailed for seven years after police uncovered an arsenal of ‘vile’ and ‘evil’ weapons in his home.

Sohail Amjad, 22, was pulled over in The Acocks Green area of Birmingham after a police patrol spotted him dealing cannabis from his girlfriend’s car.

After finding drugs stashed in the car and in his underpants they immediately went to his Ash Way home in Sparkhill.

There they discovered a sawn-off shotgun and a 9mm handgun hidden in a compartment beneath his bed.

Another 9mm handgun was found wrapped in a shirt inside a carrier bag.

In total 33 shotgun cartridges and seven bullets were recovered from the property on November 22.

Just over 500g of herbal cannabis was also seized from the car and from Amjad’s house.

When interviewed by police the dealer claimed he was told to hold the weapons for another person after he damaged their car and was unable to pay for repairs.

But Recorder of Birmingham Judge Melbourne Inman QC rejected that explanation.

Jailing Amjad for seven years Judge Inman said; “Sawn-off shotguns are dreadful weapons.

“As with all weapons they can kill and maim but the real evil is its vast power and that it can be easily transported by criminals.

“They are dreadful weapons and these courts will do anything in their power to deter people carrying them.

“They were, in my judgement, a feature of your drug dealing.

“The most serious offence is the possession of the sawn-off shotgun with ammunition.

“For such a vile weapon in most cases long sentences will be passed – if they are used they will be very long sentences.”

Amjad had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of a prohibited firearm, two counts of possessing ammunition, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and of supplying cannabis.

Robert Cowely, prosecuting, said Amjad had told cops he had crashed a car and, unable to pay, been ordered to hold onto the first pistol and sawn-off shotgun.

He claimed to have taken possession of the second handgun on the same day police raided his home.

However the judge, dismissing the claims, said Amjad’s possession of the deadly weapons was connected to his drug dealing business.

He said; “I draw the inference you had them because you were involved in drug dealing which is a dangerous activity.

“Whether for the use of others involved in drug dealing or your own use does not make a scrap of difference.
“The partial account given to police I was not willing to accept unless you wished to give a full account in evidence so that it could be challenged and I could make my own decision if there was truth in it.

“In the absence of evidence I made clear I do not believe it.”

Michael Anning, defending, said Amjad was still a young man and was the sole male influence in his house.

He said; “He is still a very on young man.

“He, together with his mother, are the carers for his sister.

“He pleaded guilty to each matter at the earliest opportunity.”

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