Taxi passenger caught with sub-machine gun

Taxi passenger caught with sub-machine gun

A RAVENSTHORPE man has admitted possessing a sub-machine gun after being arrested by armed police.

West Yorkshire Police last month carried out a planned operation in the Quarry Road area of Westtown in relation to drugs and firearms offences.

Faisal Younis was stopped by officers on October 12 with a MAC-10 sub-machine gun, two self-loading pistols and a quantity of ammunition in a rucksack.

It is understood that the 31-year-old was a passenger in a taxi when he was stopped. Officers also searched a flat on Quarry Road and found a sawn-off shotgun under a bed.

Younis’s arrest came after police had wrongly raided the home of Zaffar Iqbal during the same operation (reported in The Press, October 20).

A further three men aged 25, 27 and 28 were also arrested following a further raid where Class A drugs, cash and firearms were seized.

Younis, of Tanhouse Street, Ravensthorpe, made his first appearance before a Bradford Crown Court judge on Monday morning via a video link to HMP Leeds, where he is currently remanded in custody. He pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing a prohibited weapon.

He also admitted the possession of more than 40 rounds of ammunition, possession of two self-loading pistols and a sawn-off shotgun.

Younis, however, pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

This case will be tried by a jury on April 5 next year. He was remanded in custody until then.

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