Abbey Wood drug dealer who hid "high powered" gun in a sock is jailed
PUBLISHED: 13:29 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 11 May 2017
He was sentenced on Wednesday
A teenage drug dealer who hid a gun he planned to use in a robbery inside a sock has been jailed.
Marcel Noushie, 19, of Bostall Lane in Abbey Wood was spotted acting suspiciously by patrolling officers near St Nicholas Gardens in Plumstead in December.
The teenager tried to escape the plain-clothed officers after they approached him by fleeing toward Plumstead High Street, but he was quickly detained.
When arrested, a police search revealed Noushie was carrying 12 bags of herbal cannabis.
The next day, a passer-by in St Nicholas Gardens discovered a firearm hidden inside a sock and alerted police to the find.
Analysis revealed the weapon was a potentially lethal, high-powered air pistol, which Noushie later admitted to throwing while running from police.
An investigation got underway, and police discovered texts on Noushie’s phone revealing he had planned to rob someone using the weapon.
A raid of his Abbey Wood home revealed drug paraphernalia and a box for the weapon with a manual on how to use it.
He was charged the following day and admitted to possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
Last month Noushie was found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery after a two day trial.
In an unrelated offence, he was also found guilty of a street robbery committed in May 2016.
On Wednesday, May 10, Noushie was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for both robbery offences at Woolwich Crown Court.
He was not penalised for the charge of supplying cannabis.
Det const Andrew Payne from Greenwich Gangs Unit praised the officers who chased down the drug dealing robber.
He 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.”