Balsall Heath drug dealer jailed for 11 years as police continue crime crackdown

Mohammed Akhtar who has been jailed for 11

A drug dealer who was caught with a revolver and machete in his car has been locked up for more than 11 years as police continue to crackdown on dangerous weapons.

Officers acted on intelligence to stop Mohammed Akhtar who was parked up in Woodfield Crescent in Balsall Heath, on 1 November this year.

A search of the Renaut Clio found the gun in a bag and two rounds of live ammunition in the footwell along with a machete.

The 29-year-old was searched and wraps of heroin and crack cocaine were found in his jacket pocket.

Gun found in a car pulled over by police
The gun found in Akhtar’s car

He pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, firearm and ammunition; along with heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.

Akhtar, of Ombersley Road, Balsall Heath, was sentenced to 11 years and two months at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (17/12).

DC Adam Garbett, from the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), said: “These were two potentially dangerous weapons and drugs which have been taken off our streets.

“This significant sentence shows that weapons and drugs are not accepted within our society and further highlights our on-going commitment to keeping our communities safe.”