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17 December 2017, 07:24
A drug dealer from the Black Country who jumped from a window naked to try and avoid West Midlands Police exposing his £1.7 million drugs empire has been jailed for over 20 years.
Officers recovered heroin, cocaine, spice and guns following searches of Mohammed Asif’s home, car and linked properties.
The 30-year-old jumped from the first floor window of his house in Queens Road, Smethwick, to escape officers who carried out a raid on 26 May this year.
He was quickly detained outside and a search of the property found Class A drugs, scales, tens of thousands of pounds in cash and ammunition.
A search of his Skoda at an address on Bearwood Road, Smethwick which was linked to him unearthed guns including a shotgun, revolver, pistol and tasers along with bullets and a large amount of heroin worth over £1.7million.
In total, eight firearms and 200 rounds of ammunition were recovered during the swoops which followed a detailed investigation. Just over £50,000 in cash was also seized.
Asif pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to supply along with possession of firearms and ammunition.
He was sentenced to 20 years and 10 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday (14 December).
Detective Constable Victoria Brown , from Force Priorities Team , said: "A lot of diligent police work by the Sandwell Neighbourhood Taskforce enabled us to identify Asif as a key player in the supply of drugs in the region.
"We managed to seize a substantial amount of high value Class A substances which were destined to flood the streets along with guns with the potential to cause harm in the wrong hands.
"Asif was so desperate to avoid being caught that he was prepared to jump from a first floor window with no clothes on. He was also caught with his pants down at court as the weight of evidence against him led to a lengthy jail term.
"This sentencing should serve as a strong warning that drugs and illegal guns in our region will not be tolerated.
"We have all seen the misery they can cause and anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."