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Man jailed for over six years for drug and firearms offences

15 Oct 2021

On 19 April 2020 at 5.45pm Bedfordshire Police Force Contact Centre received a report of a man being assaulted after confronting an offender damaging his property in Luton.

The offender, now known to be Lybia Assoba, 33, of Concastle Road, Luton, left before police arrival but when the officers were with the victim waiting for an ambulance he returned and continued his attack, throwing bricks through the window.

When he saw the officers Assoba gave chase but was apprehended shortly after in neighbouring street.

When searched by officers he was found to be in the possession of a loaded gun and a plastic container with 11 wraps of Class A drugs.

Soon after the incident Assoba pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, ammunition and a firearm and faced trial in May 2021 where he was also found guilty by a jury of two counts of possession of Class A drugs and criminal damage.

He was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday (12 October) to 63 months for firearm offences and a further 18 months for drug offences, totalling six years and nine months total imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant Michael Wallis, from the Luton Crime Investigation Department, said: “Although Assoba accepted responsibility for the firearms offences it was the jury that found him guilty of possession of a significant amount of Class A drugs. As a force we are dedicated to eradicating drug criminality which plights our communities and continue to bring offenders to justice.

“We work with numerous charities and partner agencies which help people lead a life away from such criminality and activity associated with gangs and organised crime.”

Anyone with any information about drug dealing is asked to report it via our online reporting centre.

All of this information is fed into police intelligence systems and helps officers build up a picture of organised crime, even if they do not act on the information straight away.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously through their website.

If you have concerns about gangs, knife crime and criminal exploitation you can contact Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation.

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