A man has been sentenced to 19 months in prison after being found with bullets in both his pocket and in a safe at his home address.
Dejaun Lester – also known as Damien Young – appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, October 9 after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing an ammunition without holding a current firearms certificate.
The court heard how in the early hours of Tuesday, July 24, 2018, officers stopped a silver Vauxhall Corsa on Uxbridge Road in Rickmansworth in which Lester was a passenger.
They conducted a body search of Lester and recovered three 9mm gold Parabellum bullets from his front jeans pocket.
The 25-year-old, formerly of Curtis Close in Mill End, told officers he had found them in woodland in Bedfordshire and put them in his pocket before forgetting they were there.
When officers conducted a warrant at his former home address in Curtis Close, Mill End, a few weeks later on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, they found a safe containing three .22 long rifle calibre cartridges – possession of which requires a firearms certificate, which Lester did not have.
On his release from youth detention in 2014, Lester was subject to an order stating he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition for a total of five years.
Therefore the discovery of both sets of ammunition constituted a breach of the order.
Detective constable Rob King, who led the investigation, said: “The officers’ discovery of the bullets demonstrated that Lester showed clear contempt for the order which prohibited him from possessing ammunition. We are pleased with the sentence and hope he uses his time behind bars to carefully consider his next steps on release.”
On the same day as the warrant (August 8, 2018) a full three-month closure order was served on the Curtis Close address after reports of suspected drug dealing and anti-social behaviour. The tenants were evicted and the housing association reclaimed the property.