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A 24-year-old man has been convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm.
Jeffery Acheampong, 24 (2.09.89) of Swaffer Way, Ashford, Kent was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment at Canterbury Crown Court for possession of a prohibited firearm with intent to endanger life.
On Monday, 11 February, officers from the Trident Gang Crime Command had cause to stop Acheampong, as he was walking along Singleton Hill, TN23. He ran from officers and discarded the bag he was carrying by throwing it into a nearby garden. He was detained and the bag retrieved. Inside the bag, a loaded single barrel sawn off shotgun along with three extra cartridges were found.
He was charged on Tuesday, 12 February with possession of a prohibited weapon and was found guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm with intent to endanger life at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday, 17 October and sentenced on Tuesday, 22 November.
DC Lee Baron, from Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "This is yet another example of Trident's commitment to investigate the illegal possession of firearms and to bringing to book those that believe they can act with impunity within this area of criminality."