A 23-year-old Southall man has been jailed for seven years and six months after police seized a gun and large quantities of Class A drugs after he was stopped in Southall Park.
Saeed Ali, of Portland Road, Southall, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on 28 October 2022, after pleading guilty to possession of the gun and ammunition and possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
On 15 June 2021, Ali was stopped by officers from the Met’s Violence Suppression Unit in Southall Park in which they discovered he had 148 wraps (15.2g) of crack cocaine and 94 wraps (6.57g) of heroin.
It was during the chase that Ali threw a rucksack and which when picked up by the officers, they discovered a Grand Power G9 self-loading pistol with live ammunition.
Detective Constable Siobhan Burrows, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This case once again illustrates the strong connection between drug supply and serious violence. This is why we will continue to bring offenders to justice and remove these extremely dangerous weapons from the streets of London.”
DC Burrows added: “We understand the terrible impact drug supply can have, and I am pleased our investigation has resulted in a significant sentence, preventing Ali from causing further misery in our communities. I am confident to say the removal of this weapon as part of our investigation will have inevitably saved lives.
The police also added that they want members of the public to contact them if they know about anyone storing or using guns.
“We can reduce gun crime far quicker if people provide us with information about where firearms are being stored and who they are being used by. If you do not want to report to us, you can contact Crimestoppers which is anonymous and independent of police.”