Organised crime team targets drugs and gun suspects linked to illegal gambling nights
Shotgun shells and imitation firearms, drugs and cash were seized today when police swooped on 14 addresses suspected of links to organised crime and illegal gambling dens.
Firearms officers were among those who swooped at five homes in Birmingham at around 4am. Officers also raided six rented units on an industrial estate in Nursery Road, Lozells, following intelligence that gang members were selling drugs and storing firearms during illegal gambling nights.
There, officers found around 30 shotgun cartridges and two live rounds of ammunition were found. They also found three imitation firearms, including a realistic shotgun.
Three people who were found at the scene playing cards and dominoes at the time were arrested on suspicion of possession of the ammunition.
Detectives are liaising with the Gambling Commission about the allegations of illegal gambling sessions, while West Midlands Fire Service identified a number of suspected breaches of fire regulations.
At Wills Street in Lozells, a shotgun cartridge was found along with an estimated £5,000 of cannabis drying on a rack.
Around £5,000 in cash and a quantity of crack cocaine was found. One man was arrested at that address.
Other homes raided included properties on Abbey Road, Winson Green, Ladywood Middleway, Dovey Tower, in Duddeston Mill and Kilby Avenue, Ladywood. Mobile phones, laptops and cannabis were recovered from some of those addresses.
The recoveries are the latest success of the Birmingham Organised Crime Team, which was expanded this earlier year to tackle gang activity in the city.
Supt Tom Joyce, who oversees the team, said: “We’ve taken ammunition and drugs off the streets of Birmingham today, as well as imitation firearms which are incredibly realistic.
“Our team works around the clock to disrupt and dismantle organised crime around Birmingham and we’ll relentlessly pursue those involved.
“But we can’t do it alone and that’s why we’re working with the public sector, charities and the community.
“Where we can, we’re showing young people the opportunities out there for them in education and employment as an alternative to guns, gangs and organised crime."
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