Armed police swoop after gun spotted on CCTV
Three men have been jailed for 17 years after a sawn-off shotgun, knives and drugs were recovered following a West Midlands Police swoop.
Officers acted on information to combat the handover of the potentially lethal gun in a car park off Rhoose Croft, Castle Vale, on the afternoon of 15 November last year.
Darnell Duquesney, Jordan Kibuka and Makenzie Blackburn approached a parked BMW and spoke to the occupants.
Duquesney was captured on nearby CCTV getting into the vehicle and taking the shortened shotgun – which he put inside the leg of his trousers to try and hide it.
The BMW left and as officers arrived on the scene soon after the three men tried to get away.
Duquesney – who was on a bike – was detained in a nearby street and, although empty-handed, the gun and cartridges were found behind a wheelie bin in an alleyway they had all ran down.
Kibuka tried to climb over a fence but was arrested with a bag containing Class A drugs.
While Blackburn was found to have a 30cm long combat knife down the front of his trousers and a smaller lock knife after being detained. A subsequent search of his home discovered a stab vest and shotgun cartridge.
Duquesney, aged 19, of Alcott Grove, Kitts Green, was jailed for five years and one month and 19-year-old Kibuka, of Hawker Drive, Castle Vale, for six years and eight months after both pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon.
Blackburn, 20, of Heyford Way, Castle Vale, was found guilty of possessing a shortened shotgun and two bladed articles and sentenced to five years and three months.
DC Brett Stephenson, from Force CID, said: “There is no place for illegal weapons or drugs in our communities and the quick response of officers ensured these are off the streets and the men involved put behind bars.”
All were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (16 July).