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Lawrence Morgan stopped with gun and drugs in Birmingham

Lawrence Morgan Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Lawrence Morgan was stopped as part of a routine operation, police said

A teenager who was found with a loaded gun in Birmingham has been jailed.

Lawrence Morgan, 19, fought with police officers, headbutting one of them, after he was apprehended outside a bookmakers in February this year.

Police searched him and found a loaded handgun inside his bag, along with cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.

Morgan has been jailed for five years and eight months at Birmingham Crown Court after admitting possessing a firearm, ammunition and drugs.

Firearms officers examined the weapon and said it was loaded with four rounds of live ammunition.

He was stopped by police during a routine operation at Newtown Shopping Centre on 16 February, West Midlands Police said.

'Restrained after struggle'

Morgan had initially tried to cycle away from the scene before he was challenged by plain-clothed officers approaching from the opposite direction.

Morgan, of Crompton Close, Nechells, was restrained after a struggle but tried to escape for a second time and headbutted a sergeant.

In a police interview, he denied the assault and claimed he was acting in self defence after the police used excessive force against him.

A charge of assaulting a police officer will remain on file after he admitted the other more serious offences, the court ruled.

Sgt Martin Kelly, said: "The penalties for carrying a loaded gun are severe and rightly so. Anyone who is caught walking around with such a weapon faces a lengthy spell behind bars, as Lawrence Morgan has now found out."

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Morgan was carrying a loaded gun and drugs

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