United Kingdom

Man, 29, found with lethal arsenal of weapons including a submachine gun is jailed for eight years

A man has been jailed after he was found in possession of a submachine gun, drugs and more than £200,000 in cash. 

Azeem Ahktar, 29, of Cooper Road, Brent, north-west London, was sentenced to eight years on Friday at Harrow Crown Court. 

He was stopped in his vehicle by the Metropolitan Police's Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) in November and a large amount of heroin was discovered. 

Azeem Ahktar, 29, of Cooper Road, Brent, north-west London, was sentenced to eight years on Friday at Harrow Crown Court after he was found in possession of a submachine gun, drugs and more than £200,000 in cash

Officers searched Ahktar's address where they found a Skorpion submachine gun, ammunition, drugs and a number of mobile phones. 

The Met said Akhtar pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, ammunition and criminal property (£221,320.04 in cash), and possession to supply class A and B drugs.  

Detective Constable Ash Harkin, the investigating officer with the VCTF, said: 'What started off as a proactive vehicle stop ended up leading us to a loaded firearm and many rounds of ammunition, and the stark reality is that every bullet we seize could be a life saved.

Officers searched Ahktar's address where they found a Skorpion submachine gun, ammunition, drugs and a number of mobile phones

The Met said Akhtar pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, ammunition and criminal property (£221,320.04 in cash), and possession to supply class A and B drugs

'We know that drugs not only cause misery to communities, but also drive a high proportion of violence we see on the streets - and we will continue to relentlessly pursue those who supply them in the capital.

'This investigation involved various teams within the VCTF, working together to bring Ahktar to justice.

'Reducing violence remains our top priority and officers are out across London daily, removing dangerous weapons and targeting the drivers of violent crime.'

He was stopped in his vehicle by the Metropolitan Police's Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) in November and a large amount of heroin was discovered

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