A man has been jailed for nine years after being found with a gun in his car while parked in a layby in south Derbyshire.
Marlon Dean was arrested by officers after his black Audi A3 was spotted in a layby on the A516 Etwall Road on Monday 3 November 2020.
In the car was found a loaded black handgun and a lock knife. He was also found to be in possession of cannabis, heroin, crack cocaine and a large quantity of money.
The 29-year-old of no-fixed-abode appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday 19 March and pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun, possession of a knife in a public place, possession of heroin with intent to supply, possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.
He was jailed for 9 nine years.
DC Tom Barry, from the south organised crime unit, said: “While the use of a firearm in our county is very rare this case should act as a reminder to all those who may seek to obtain an illegal firearm.
“There is absolutely no place for this type of weapon in the hands of a criminal like Marlon Dean and I am thankful that the danger he posed to people in our county has now been minimised.
“Guns like that found in Dean’s car have taken lives across the country and I would urge anyone who may have information about people who have access to these types of weapon to report their concerns. Your information could save a life.”
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