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Former Guiseley footballer jailed for gun and drugs crimes
A semi-professional footballer who was found with a loaded gun and more than £7,000 worth of drugs has been jailed for seven and a half years.
Delroy Ferguson, 26, a former Guiseley AFC reserve team player, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty of possessing a class B drug with intent to supply.
Ferguson, who has also played for Garforth Town and Wakefield, had already pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition.
Police officers had found a Browning handgun, with a bullet in the chamber, along with a silencer and a magazine with more ammunition when they raided his home in Louis Street, Chapeltown, Leeds, in August.
They also discovered a bag containing 361 grammes of the drug Methlenedioxypyrovalerone, with an estimated street value of £7,220.
Ferguson, who has been given a five-and-a-half-year sentence for the firearm offences and two years for the drugs, claimed he had found both in a neighbour’s garden.
Judge Christopher Batty told the player that, as a “role model” who had worked with young people at Chapeltown Youth Development Centre, he had let his family and his community down – and by concealing the gun and bullets, allowed a “lethal firearm ... to remain in the criminal underworld”.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Jaz Khan, from West Yorkshire Police’s Crime Division, said: “I am pleased with the conviction, which reflects the intrinsic link between drugs and firearms.
“Recovering weapons with live ammunition is rare, and I would like to take this opportunity to reassure local people that tackling firearm-related crime remains a very high priority for us.
“This conviction should act as a demonstration of the work we are achieving in this area.”