Drug Dealer With Gun Caught On Train

15th March 2017

A man has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after he and a friend were caught red-handed with a sawn-off shotgun and £4k of cannabis on a train in Northampton.

Police received an anonymous tip-off just before midnight on 26 July that two people carrying a gun and a large amount of drugs were travelling on a train from Birmingham to London.

After checking several services, officers intercepted a train at Northampton and stopped Tyrel Thompson aged 20 (pictured), and his friend Kareem Dawkins, who was 17 at the time.

The teen was found to have a sawn-off shotgun, ammunition and a kilogram of cannabis in his bag. The gun was later handed to the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) to see if it could be linked to any previous crimes.

During a search of Thompson's rented room on Kingston Road, Raynes Park, officers found six mobile phones, 100 small snap bags and a set of scales.

Dawkins' home address in St Saviour's Road, Croydon, was also searched, where officers seized seven mobile phones containing texts which indicated he was involved in drug dealing.

The pair were later charged with possession of a sawn-off shotgun and possession with intent to supply cannabis, with Dawkins admitting the offences.

Thompson denied any involvement but was found guilty following a trial at Northampton Crown Court. Yesterday (14 March), he was sentenced to a total of five-and-a-half years behind bars. Dawkins, who turned 18 last month, will be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Constable Simon Courtney said: "We know Dawkins has links to the Birmingham area and we suspect, from the timing of the tip-off, they had come to the Midlands to collect the gun and drugs before heading back to London.

"We are committed to working closely with other forces and the National Crime Agency to crackdown on dealers who use the rail network to transport drugs across the country, making sure we have the right people in the right place to disrupt their activities.

"We are satisfied with the sentence handed to Thompson, which reflects the serious nature of the crime, and that a dangerous weapon and drugs have been taken off the streets, preventing them from causing misery and harm in our communities."

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