Two men who rammed a police car and were later found to have a handgun and Class A drugs in their car have been jailed.
Christopher Wells, from Upper Meadow Road in Quinton, was sentenced to nine and a half years behind bars and Aaron Robinson, from Parker House in Maypole, was handed a total of seven years during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court today (Thursday 3 March).
The pair were arrested on 7 July as officers tried to stop the Volkswagen Golf they were travelling in on Western Road in Winson Green as part of an intelligence led operation.
Robinson (pictured left), who was driving the hatchback, rammed the police car before locking himself in the vehicle while Wells attempted to run away from officers.
However he was quickly chased down and they were both arrested. A subsequent search of the vehicle found a handgun and almost £4,000 worth of cocaine.
Robinson – a 28-year-old grime artist who used the name Flama on YouTube and rapped about using guns – pleaded guilty to possessing the firearm and ammunition and possessing drugs with intent to supply at an earlier hearing. He was handed a five year sentence for gun possession and two years for possession of drugs to run concurrently.
Wells (pictured right), also aged 28, was found guilty of the same offences on 12 February following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. He was handed five years behind bars for the firearms offence and an additional four and a half years in prison for possessing drugs – his sentences will run consecutively.
Detective Constable Phil Caldwell, from Force CID, said: “These two were dangerous individuals who were driving around Birmingham not only with thousands of pounds worth of drugs that we believe they planned to distribute but also with a live handgun.
“The arrests were the result of proactive policing – both men are now off the streets and pose no threat to our communities.
“Robinson had even boasted about using guns and drugs in online videos before he was arrested – he’ll now be spending a lengthy spell behind bars.
“We take all investigations involving firearms extremely seriously and anyone found in possession of a gun or any other dangerous weapon can expect to be convicted and sent to prison.”
Anyone with information about drug use in their area can contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
For more about how West Midlands Police is tackling gun crime in Birmingham click here.