Machine gun hidden in wall & £420,000 cash seized in raids across Warwickshire

Coventry police seized four viable guns and £420,000 in cash in a series of raids on Friday that included an industrial unit in where they first found a Scorpion machine gun and two shotguns stuffed in bags that were hidden in walls.

And on the same day, in an unrelated series of raids across Coventry and Warwickshire, they recovered 11.5kg of cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis as well as a drugs press and mixing agents and a blank firing gun converted into a live firearm.

They also seized around £420,000 in cash.

The drugs have an estimated street value of £500,000, making it one of our biggest seizures in recent times.

Five people were arrested in Friday’s raid. Three people were arrested and charged, and two more were arrested and then released pending investigation.

Our investigation into the guns found in the wall continues.


Ch Insp Dave Amos, of West Midlands Police, said: “These are some fantastic recoveries of drugs and weapons that would undoubtedly have been used to spread fear, misery and violence on the streets of the West Midlands.

“We won’t stop in our pursuit of those who deal drugs and trade in firearms. They represent a serious threat and we be relentless in our efforts to take them off the streets.

“It’s only thanks to information we gather from the community that we are able to tackle this threat.

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