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Birmingham gun dealing gang members jailed

Darren Mentore (left), Clinton Officer (centre) and Jamal Shaka Smith Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Darren Mentore (left), Clinton Officer (centre) and Jamal Shaka Smith were part of a gun-dealing ring headed by Nosakhere Stephenson

Three more members of a Birmingham ring dealing in illegal guns around the city have been jailed.

Darren Mentore, Clinton Officer and Jamal Shaka Smith are the last of 18 men to receive sentences.

The gang, which police say was masterminded by Nosakhere Stephenson, was uncovered in 2014.

Eight guns, including a pump action shotgun and a Mac 10 Machine pistol, and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered.

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Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption The eight guns seized by police

Mentore, 35, of no fixed address, was jailed for 12 years following a trial.

Thirty-two-year-old Officer, also of no fixed abode, was handed an 11-year sentence after being found guilty.

Smith, 34, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty and will face six years in prison.

Ch Insp Simon Wallis, from West Midlands Police, said sentences for the gang showed the force had made "real progress" in battling gun crime in the region.

"Recent shootings in Birmingham - some of which have resulted in people losing their lives - highlight why it's important there's no let-up in our effort to rid the region of weapons," he said.

Gun gang sentences

  • Joynal Abdin, 26, of Hanover Close, Aston, Birmingham was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to seven years and three months in prison
  • Mohammed Fedar, 27, of Westfield Road, Smethwick: Four years, four months
  • Amar Ghalib, 32, of Davey Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham: Four years, 11 months
  • Usman Hussain, 31, of Brays Road, Sheldon, Birmingham: Five years
  • Ifran Hussain, 25, of Underwood Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham: 10 years, 10 months
  • Joga Mattu, 31, of Cranbrook Road, Handsworth, Birmingham: Five years
  • Mohammed Selu Miah, 24, of no fixed address: 13 years
  • Janed Mohammed, 21, of Dibble Road, Smethwick: Four years, six months
  • Mohammed Ullah, 19, of Frederick Road, Aston, Birmingham: five years
  • Nosakhere Stephenson, 41, of St Michael's Road, Handsworth, Birmingham: 16 years, six months
  • Sundish Nazran, 32, of Nijon Close, Handsworth, Birmingham: 13 years
  • Rowan Gul, 33, of Reginald Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham: 12 years, three months
  • Theodore Junior Wiggan, 28, of Scaffle Way, West Bromwich: 10 years
  • Louis McDermott, 36, of no fixed address: Nine years, four months
  • Fitzroy Ducram, 50, of no fixed address: Seven years, four months

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