A DRUG dealer who hid a sawn-off shotgun under the bathroom sink in his Coventry flat has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Sunveer Hayer of Spon End, Coventry, was issued the spell of imprisonment after drugs were also found stuffed inside a sofa cushion when police entered his 13th floor home on August 12 last year.
Officers initially forced entry into his flat in Meadow House and discovered cocaine, more than £1,000 worth of cannabis, a can of CS spray and drugs paraphernalia.
The tower block property was boarded up – though officers returned later in the day to find the doors had been prised open and a second search uncovered more cocaine and a shotgun concealed beneath a panel in the bathroom wall.
32-year-old Hayer was arrested when he returned to the flat that evening and claimed some of the drugs were for personal use and that the shotgun “may have been left by a previous tenant”.
However Hayer went on to admit possession of a sawn-off shotgun, having Class A and B drugs with intent to supply.
Hayer was sentenced at Leamington Justice Centre on Monday (January 18).
Investigating officer, detective constable Nicky Warner, said: “Any firearm has the potential to cause harm and this shotgun was undoubtedly linked to the world of drug crime.
“We have all seen the misery which drugs can cause on our communities and we remain determined to catch those involved.
“This sentence should act as a strong warning.”