Man with guns and drugs in Leeds bedsit jailed

CHILLING CACHE: When police raided Raymond Hoolahan's bedsit in Richmond Hill, they found an automatic pistol.

CHILLING CACHE: When police raided Raymond Hoolahan's bedsit in Richmond Hill, they found an automatic pistol.

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A man has been jailed for more than five years after police found a deadly arsenal of guns and £8,000 of drugs when they raided his cramped bedsit.

Specialist drugs squad officers discovered a sawn-off shotgun, pump-action shotgun and an automatic pistol along with aumunition when they searched Raymond Hoolahan’s home in Richmond Hill, Leeds.

The Leeds district’s specialist drugs team, Operation Quartz, made the discovery on August 15.

After the case Detective Inspector Jaz Khan said: “These weapons and ammunition have only one deadly purpose.”

When officers told 38-year-old Hoolahan they were there to look for firearms he pointed them towards the bathroom of his bedsit and told them to look in a shopping bag in the shower.

The bag contained a sawn-off, double-barrelled shotgun wrapped in a bin liner, a pump-action shotgun wrapped in a pillow case and several shotgun cartridges in plastic bags.

Moments later officers opened a small suitcase next to a fridge which contained a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a large quantity of what were thought to be ecstasy tablets.

Analysis showed them to be Trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine (TMFPP) which is a Class C controlled drug, commonly sold as ecstasy.

When Hoolahan, of Cross Green Avenue, was interviewed he was asked why he had the items but refused to answer. At Leeds Crown Court he admitted three offences of possessing prohibited weapons and possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply and was jailed for a total of five years and three months.

Tim Jacobs, mitigating, said Hoolahan had no previous convictions, was originally from Ireland and had moved to Yorkshire where he struggled to cope with the death of his parents and became addicted to amphetamines. Hoolahan was pressured into storing the weapons and drugs on behalf of others he was too frightened to name.

Det Insp Jaz Khan, said: “These weapons and ammunition have only one deadly purpose and their removal from criminal hands should serve to reassure local communities about our ongoing work to tackle gun crime. The investigation does not end here. These weapons will be sent for further analysis to establish whether they have been used in crime anywhere in the country.”

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