Drug Dealer With A Gun Jailed For Ten Years
29th July 2014
West Midlands Police press release:
A Dudley drug dealer, who assaulted a police officer before reaching for a loaded gun while he was being arrested, has been sentenced to ten years in prison.
Stefan Rattray aged 24, of Attingham Drive, Dudley was stretching for the weapon while PC Jessica Preston was trying to detain him during the search of a house in the town's Corser Street on 28 November 2013.
Police were carrying out a drugs warrant at the address when PC Preston saw Rattray running up the stairs. She followed him and he kicked her to the head and body several times while on the stairs.
Despite this, PC Preston followed Rattray into a bedroom and she was trying to arrest him when he put his hand down the side of the bed, where a loaded firearm had been hidden. At this point, PC Preston's colleagues came in and managed to detain Rattray.
During the search of the property, a significant amount of Class A drugs, a cannabis setup, weighing scales and drugs bags along with a silencer for the gun and 9mm bullets were found.
"What had started out as an average drugs warrant turned into a potentially life threatening situation, said Sergeant Rob Simpson from the St James's Neighbourhood Policing Team.
He added: "I would like to commend the bravery and tenacity of PC Preston, who pursued Rattray even though she'd been assaulted, and her colleagues who stopped Rattray in his tracks. None of them could have known the extent of the danger they were in and events like these show the risks officers face on a daily basis.
Following a trial earlier this month, Rattray was found guilty of numerous charges against him and last Friday (25 July) he was sentenced to eight years in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court for possessing the gun and two years for possessing with intent to supply heroin, to run consecutively.
He was also given a number of concurrent sentences: four years for possessing ammunition, two years for possessing with intent to supply cocaine, two years for producing cannabis, 18 months for possessing with intent to supply cannabis and six months for assaulting PC Preston.
On hearing how long Rattray will spend behind bars, Sgt Simpson said: "I am satisfied with the significant sentence handed to Rattray and I hope this sends a clear message to anyone else involved with drugs and firearms that you will pay the price for the misery your activities bring to our communities.
"Thanks to the professionalism and team work shown by our officers on the day and throughout the trial, a dangerous drug dealer has now been taken off the streets of Dudley and residents can feel safer in their homes as a result".
PC Preston added: "I've been an officer for six years now and while you assume that at some stage in your career you will be assaulted, you hope it isn't in vain.
"I am just pleased that we were able to detain Rattray in the end and that the outcome, which could have been a lot worse for everyone in the property at the time, was a safe one".