A London drug dealer who stashed a loaded hand gun in a locker at his local health club has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Sher-Afghan Khattak, 32, was arrested on 18 May 2018 after being stopped in his car on Wood Lane, West London by officers from the joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) with assistance from MPS CO19 Firearms Command.
He was detained on suspicion of firearm offences and possession with intent to supply class ‘A’ drugs after 12 wraps of cocaine were found in the car.
OCP surveillance officers had been watching Khattak and had followed him as he left a health club on Bromyard Road in Acton.
They returned to the health club later that day and recovered a BBM Gap pistol and loaded magazine in a rucksack within a locker Khattak had been using.
Officers searching Khattak’s home on Milfoil Street in White City, seized further items which supported his involvement in class A drug supply, including electronic scales and drugs in powder, pill and crystal form.
Yesterday at Kingston Crown Court, Khattak pleaded guilty to both the firearm and drugs charges and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Matthew McMillan from the Organised Crime Partnership said: “Those involved in the supply of class A drugs use lethal weapons as a tactic to intimidate others and assert their authority amongst rival gangs.
“This operation forms part of our joint efforts with the Metropolitan Police to target the criminals whose illicit activities perpetuate violence at expose Londoners to serious harm.”