Drug dealer discarded gun while being chased by police

A drug dealer who discarded a gun while being chased by police officers has been jailed.

Marcel Noushie, aged 19, of Bostall Lane, SE2, was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday (10 May).

He was found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery on 6 April after a two-day trial. For this offence, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

He had previously admitted to possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and no separate penalty was imposed.

He was also found guilty for an unrelated offence – a street robbery committed in May 2016 – and jailed for two-and-a-half years, to run consecutively.

At around 4:15pm on 12 December 2016, two plain clothes officer were on patrol near St Nicholas Gardens, Plumstead, SE18.

Officers came across Noushie who was acting suspiciously. As they walked towards him, Noushie ran away from the officers towards Plumstead High Street.

The officers gave chase and Noushie was detained nearby and arrested after a struggle. He was found carrying 12 bags of herbal cannabis and arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

The following day, 13 December, a member of the public reported finding a firearm concealed in a sock in St Nicholas Gardens.

This was recovered and found to be a high-powered air pistol. It was examined and found to be capable of causing lethal injury. Noushie later admitted that he had thrown the firearm during the foot pursuit.

Noushie’s address was searched, and officers found drug paraphernalia and an air pistol box and user manual.

An investigation was launched by Greenwich’s Violent and Organised Crime Unit. A text message found on Noushie’s mobile phone indicated that he was planning to rob someone with the firearm.

Noushie was charged on 13 December 2016 with one count of possession of cannabis with intent to supply, possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery.

He first appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court on 14 December 2016, and then at Woolwich Crown Court on 11 January 2017.

Detective Constable Andrew Payne, from Greenwich Gangs Unit, said: “These brave officers ran towards danger, and this arrest demonstrates the dangers police officers across London face every day.

“Marcel Noushie is a dangerous offender, and his arrest prevented a serious crime being committed. He will now spend a significant period of time behind bars.

“We work closely with our community partners in reducing serious youth violence and taking firearms off London’s streets.”

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