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  • 9 January 2014, 14:22

Man Jailed Over Stun Gun Disguised As Phone

A drug dealer has been jailed for five years for possessing a 50,000-volt stun gun disguised as a mobile phone, Hampshire Police have said.

Wesley Walters, 26, was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to possessing the firearm.

Police said Walters was arrested after the weapon was discovered in the back of a drawer at his home in Southampton.

"The weapon, which was capable of discharging 50,000 volts, will be destroyed," police said.

DC Simon Woods, from Hampshire Police, said: "We targeted Walters' home after he sold heroin on two occasions to an undercover officer in March.

"At court he claimed the stun gun was bought as a novelty item. He said he'd misplaced the charger and had put the weapon at the back of the drawer and hadn't used it since. 

"Even so, he had access to a dangerous weapon which still held a charge and was capable of delivering a very powerful blow."

Officers also found a "police-style metal baton" at his home.

Walters was arrested in September last year as part of Operation Fortress, which targeted serious violent crime linked to drugs in Southampton.

Alongside the five-year sentence Walters will also serve three and a half years in prison for supplying heroin. He will serve the two terms concurrently.

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