A 19 year old member of a local gang has been jailed after police found a gun and drugs during a raid at his Northfield home earlier this year.
In a pre-planned operation by West Midlands Police’s Organised Crime and Gang Team, officers raided the home of Marcel Mullings-Boyd in Out Wood Drive, in the Hollymoor area of Northfield, on February 1st.
The teen was arrested after a handgun and cannabis plants were recovered during the raid.
Mullings-Boyd pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun and production of cannabis at Birmingham Crown Court. Today (Friday 2nd June), he was sentenced to five years in prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Dale said: “We will not tolerate illegal guns or drugs in our communities and this case should serve as a warning to others.
“The raid and arrest of Mullings-Boyd was the culmination of a lot of covert work carried out by officers who identified him as being a gang member suspected of criminal behaviour.”
Seeking to reassure residents of the force’s determination to tackle local gangs, DCI Dale said: “We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to disrupt gangs who cause fear and commit crimes in our communities.
“This is sometimes work which members of the public cannot always see; but they should be assured we are taking action and pursuing further lines of inquiry.”
DCI Dale again appealed for members of the public to help the police deal with the issue. He said: “The public are our eyes and ears and I would appeal directly to the communities of Birmingham to contact us with any information in relation to drug and gun crime […]”
Anyone with any information on suspected gang related activity is asked to come forward and speak to West Midlands Police by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org