Two Northamptonshire men have been sentenced to five years after they were found in possession of a sawn-off shotgun.
The weapon, and ammunition, was found during a search of a property in Brooke Green, Wellingborough.
Sam Cooksley, aged 22 of Brooke Green, Wellingborough, and Daniel Stray, aged 18, of Lovell Court, Irthlingborough, were both arrested at the scene and pleaded guilty to possessing the weapon.
Their arrest came as part of Operation Worcester, a police drive to tackle drugs and firearms offences in Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire.
Detective Chief Inspector Elliot Foskett, who is leading the operation, told Connect FM: “We re pleased this firearm has been taken off the streets and is out of the hands of criminals.
“We are committed to eradicating firearms offences and the supply of illegal drugs in Northamptonshire and my team has made significant in-roads into tackling this type of criminality.”
Over the past two months, the Operation Worcester team has made more than 20 arrests, seized three firearms and ammunition and recovered about £50,000 of controlled drugs as well as several thousand pounds in cash.
Detective Inspector Lee McBride from the Operation Worcester team, welcomed the fact such dangerous weapons had been taken off Northamptonshire s streets.
He said: “The criminal use of firearms poses a high risk to the public and to those who carry them. We will bring to bear all resources at our disposal to protect the public from this type of offending.
“We are dedicated to reducing violence and I would urge anyone with information regarding firearms or drugs supply to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Operation Worcester was set up in October. The operation is currently made up of a team of 14 detectives.