Three women have been sentenced to a total of more than 23 years in prison for storing firearms.
Calley O’Connor (born 25/11/90) of Berigan Close, Longsight has today Friday 6 July 2012 been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to eight years and two months imprisonment.
Stephanie Drewitt (born 24/04/92) of Britnall Avenue, Longsight has today, Friday 6 July 2012, been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to eight years and two months imprisonment.
Joanne Dawson (born 10/01/69) of Lamb Close, Longsight was sentenced on Thursday 5 July at Manchester Crown Court to seven years and four months imprisonment.
All three pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of firearms and ammunition.
In the early evening of Tuesday 20 November 2011 police officers received information from the public that firearms were being stored at a house on Lamb Close, Longsight.
Coincidentally, Dawson made an emergency call to the police to report a burglary at her home on Lamb Close.
Officers attended the address, during which Dawson was very anxious and agitated, and she provided conflicting and confusing accounts.
She was challenged by one of the officers about a firearm being in her home. She was clearly frightened and admitted having firearms in the house.
She directed officers to her bedroom where a bag was hidden under her bed. Inside the bag was a Baikal handgun, an ingram mac 10 automatic machine gun, a silencer, shotgun cartridges and other ammunition.
Calley O’Connor and Stephanie Drewitt visited the house while officers were there, they were uncooperative and anxious. They were told to leave and return to their own houses.
Dawson made a number of admissions and was arrested at the scene. As the investigation unfolded both O’Connor and Drewitt were also arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms and ammunition.
Detective Constable Jennifer Wylde from GMP’s Xcalibre Organised Crime Unit said: “Today's result sends out a strong message to anyone who gets involved with guns, that they can expect to face a lengthy prison sentence.
"This firearm and the ammunition were clearly intended for use in organised gang crime, and would no doubt have led to serious injury or death.
“We are committed to investigating and prosecuting those who use, store or supply guns for criminal purpose. By removing these weapons and ammunition we have without doubt prevented further crimes from happening.
"Every gun seized represents a great result for us, but more importantly the public of Greater Manchester, and is one less weapon available to the criminal fraternity."
Anyone with information on gun and gang related crime can call police on 0161 856 9606. Alternatively, you can pass on information anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.