A Birmingham man has been jailed for eight and a half years for firearms and drugs offences.

A firearms warrant was initially executed at the home address of Jelani Selassie in Lees Street, Winson Green on 15 September last year.

West Midlands Police officers searching the 34-year-old’s bedroom found three viable and loaded firearms secreted inside the lining of the bed.

The search further revealed ammunition, around £15,000 worth of cocaine, over £3000 worth of cannabis and cash.

Selassie pleaded guilty on 5 March of this year to three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon (six years for each offence to run concurrently) and possession of ammunition (two years concurrent).

Jelani Selassie, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of class B drugs, illegal firearms and ammunitionWMP / IAB
Jelani Selassie, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of class B drugs, illegal firearms and ammunition

He also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to class B drugs (12 months concurrent) and possession with intent to supply class A drugs (two and a half years consecutive). He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (9 May).

Following the sentencing, a police spokesperson said, “Operation Target sees us taking a defiant stand against a range of serious and organised crime offences – from drug dealing and burglary to cybercrime and fraud.

“If you suspect someone is involved in criminal activity, report it. You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, Tell them what you know, not who you are.”

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