Drug crook Michael Carroll kept gun loaded with 'wicked bullets' in his home

Drug crook kept gun loaded with 'wicked bullets' in his home

Michael Carroll

The gun found in Carrooll's home was loaded with bullets designed to expand on impact.

Drug den: The cannabis operation inside Carroll's home.

First published in News

A CONVICTED robber who kept a loaded pistol in his home, which contained a large-scale cannabis farm, has been jailed for nine years.

Michael Carroll, who was on licence from a six-year sentence for drugs offences, admitted producing cannabis and possessing a Beretta 9mm self-loading pistol with three bullets.

Sitting at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Nigel Gilmour QC said that, after leaving prison in May 2011, the 33-year-old continued to follow a life of crime. This July he was caught with the gun, which he kept in a kitchen drawer and was loaded with bullets designed to expand on impact.

He told Carroll, from Johnson Avenue in Prescot: “Your only regret is that you were caught.

“You were running a cannabis operation and it is another case of a cannabis farm found in someone’s house.”

Judge Gilmour said that since 2007, there had been a 241 per cent increase in cannabis farms on Merseyside, adding: “And it is another case where there is a clear link between firearms and the cultivation of cannabis.

Simon Duncan, prosecuting, told the court that drying cannabis was found in upstairs rooms at his home, which weighed around three-and-a-half kilos and a potential street value of £69,000.

Carroll also has convictions for three robberies armed with a hammer and imitation gun.

He claimed that he had been growing the drug for around four months because he was under pressure to pay off a £2,000 cocaine debt and had been given the loaded gun to mind six weeks before his arrest.

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