Leeds criminal jailed over sawn-off shotgun and drugs find

Aaron Thompson
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A criminal who went on the run after police found a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition at his home has been jailed for more than seven years.

Police discovered the weapon and cartridges along with quantities of heroin and crack cocaine when they searched a house on the Broadlea estate in Leeds on January 21 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Aaron Thompson’s DNA was found on the weapon.

West Yorkshire Police issued a public appeal for Thompson as he was in breach of the terms of his licence after being released from a prison sentence for burglary.

Officers arrested Thompson over a week later after tracing him to the Manningham area of Bramley.

Nicoleta Alistari, prosecuting, said weighing scales and other items linked to drug supply were seized during the raid.

Thompson, of Broadlea Avenue, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearms less than 30cms in length, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of heroin with intent to supply and possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply.”

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, imposed jailed terms totalling seven years and eight months.

The court heard Thompson had agreed to look after the weapon for other criminals

Thompson was jailed for two years and nine months in February 2012 for breaking into a house in Rawdon, Leeds, and stealing a £42,000 BMW car the previous July.

He was given an additional 12 months for a separate offence of handling stolen jewellery that had been taken in a burglary at a property in Morley. Det Insp Jaz Khan, of Leeds District’s specialist guns and drugs team Operation Quartz, said: “A sawn-off shotgun with ammunition is clearly a weapon modified for criminal use with potentially deadly consequences. It should reassure people to know that a weapon of this nature has been taken off the streets.

“The presence of Class A drugs and weighing scales also shows the level of criminality that Thompson was involved in. We hope the significant sentence he has received will serve as a warning to others that people who are caught dealing drugs and in possession of firearms can expect a lengthy prison sentence.”

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