Coventry Drug Dealer Hid Gun Under Sink
20th January 2016
A drug dealer who hid a sawn-off shotgun under the bathroom sink of his Coventry flat has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Drugs were also found stuffed inside a sofa cushion when police swooped on Sunveer Hayer's 13th floor home in Spon End on 12 August last year.
Officers initially forced entry to his flat in Meadow House and discovered cocaine, more than £1,000 worth of cannabis, a can of CS spray and drugs paraphernalia.
The tower block property was boarded up as police went on the hunt for 32-year-old Hayer - but returned later in the day to find the boards had been prised open and a second search uncovered more cocaine - with a street value of £800 - and a shotgun concealed beneath a panel in the bathroom wall.
Keen-eyed officers spotted that sealant was broken around the edge of the panel, suggesting it had been removed, and inside found the gun nestled against pipework.
Hayer was arrested when he returned to the flat that evening and, during interview, claimed some of the drugs were for personal use and that the shotgun "may have been left by a previous tenant".
However, he went on to admit possession of a sawn-off shotgun, having Class A and B drugs with intent to supply, and possession of CS spray. He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Leamington Justice Centre on Monday (18 January).
The force has arrested scores of suspected gang members and seized weapons, drugs and cash as part of Operation Blue Steel - a blitz on organised crime and crime families operating in Coventry.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Nicky Warner, said: "Any firearm has the potential to cause harm and this shotgun was undoubtedly linked to the world of drug crime.
"We have all seen the misery which drugs can cause on our communities and we remain determined to catch those involved. This sentence should act as a strong warning.
"Operation Blue Steel is all about taking troubled estates out of the hands of criminals and returning these estates to the community, by working with other agencies to focus on each individual criminal and to stop their offending."