Saturday 19 January 2013 Updated: 19/01 12:01
A DRUG dealer has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for firearms offences and supplying Class A drugs in Worcester.
Mohammed Shabir, from Birmingham, was arrested last year as part of Operation Dorado, a major anti-drugs initiative by West Mercia Police that targeted organised crime groups from the West Midlands supplying heroin and crack cocaine to local dealers in Worcester.
This included an undercover officer infiltrating the drugs community in Worcester to identify dealers, which led to 26 people being jailed in September.
Shabir, 40, was wanted by police for his part in a conspiracy to deal heroin and crack cocaine in the city, but he had evaded them for six months.
West Mercia Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit launched a covert operation to find him and they traced him to a flat in Tipton.
He was arrested in the street as he left a block of flats in Tividale Road on November 23 and a search of the address uncovered a 44 calibre Webley revolver, 43 rounds of live ammunition and between £5,000 and £6,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine concealed behind a skirting board in the hallway.
He appeared at Worcester Crown Court on November 29 and pleaded guilty to six offences in front of Judge Patrick Thomas, who sentenced Shabir on Friday (Jan 18) at Birmingham Crown Court.
He was given five years each for two charges for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin between November 14, 2011 and January 21, 2012 in Worcester with Mohammed Ishaq, Gary Griffin, Leighton Bowkett, Michael Juson And Simon Sliwinski - all of whom were jailed at Worcester Crown Court last September. These sentences are to be served concurrently.
Shabir was also sentenced to seven years each for possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition for a firearm without a certificate, to be served concurrently.
And he was given four years each for two counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled Class A drug, crack cocaine and heroin, also to be served concurrently.
Shabir is the 27th person to be jailed as part of Operation Dorado, after 26 dealers from Worcester, Birmingham and the Black Country were sentenced in three days to a total of 81 years in September.
Detective Inspector Carl Moore, who led the operation, said: "Although the issue of drugs is no more of a problem in Worcester than it is elsewhere in the country, the unlawful supply of controlled drugs by organised gangs has a real impact on all of our communities.
"During this investigation we specifically targeted those organising the drug supply in order that we could have the biggest impact on those who were profiting the most.
"Dorado aimed to not just tackle street dealers but the organised crime groups who were supplying them with heroin and cocaine, many of them working out of Birmingham and the Black Country.
"This has culminated in the very strong sentencing of Shabir, which the judge made clear was because of the links in this case between drug dealing and firearms.
"The round recovered from Shabir's flat have been forensically linked to a number of serious crimes across the West Midlands and London.
"This included the incident during the riots of August 2011, when a police helicopter was shot at in Aston. A man was sentenced to more than 20 years for this offence."
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