Drug dealing primary school teacher with a deadly machine pistol hidden in her knicker drawer is jailed for 17 years
- Aqsa Carvalho, 26, kept arsenal with her underwear in Hertfordshire home
- She was arrested after police raid revealed her links to Class A drugs ring
- Now faces 17 years in jail along with husband and two other armed dealers
A drug-dealing primary school teacher has been jailed for 17 years after a deadly arsenal was found in her knicker drawer.
Aqsa Carvalho, 26, kept a Skorpion machine pistol capable of firing 850 rounds a minute with her underwear at her home in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.
The teacher also kept a self-loading pistol and a revolver with her delicates, which were discovered in a police raid to break up a Class A drugs ring.
Aqsa Carvalho, 26, has been jailed for her part in a Class A drugs gang which included her husband. Police found an arsenal in her underwear drawer when they raided their home in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Skorpion machine pistol is capable of firing 850 rounds per minute, and was found among Carvalho’s delicates with two other firearms: a revolver and a self-loading Makarov pistol
Carvalho now faces 17 years in prison for her part in the criminal gang.
She denied the charges but was jailed at Kingston Crown Court after being found guilty of three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Her car dealer husband Robert James, 32, was sentenced to 18 years after he pleaded guilty to the same charges.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: ‘A search of the address revealed three firearms in the main bedroom, concealed in the underwear drawer of Aqsa Carvalho.
‘The firearms were a Skorpion machine pistol, a Makarov self-loading pistol and a revolver.
‘Ammunition for the machine pistol was found in the magazine next to the weapon and more was located in another box.
Robert James, 32, was part of the Class A drugs operation with his partner Aqsa Carvalho. Police discovered a grinder and other drug paraphernalia at their home, along with fully-loaded deadly weapons. He has been sentenced to 18 years in prison
‘The machine pistol was set to fully automatic mode.
‘Cash, a quantity of Class A drugs, along with a drugs grinder and scales, were also located during the search.
‘A number of mobile phones seized during the raid subsequently revealed evidence of extensive drug dealing.’
The raid was sparked after undercover cops saw a bag being handed over to Abdul Ramzan, 25, and Jamon Anwar, 30, in Uxbridge.
Jamon Anwar, left, was spotted handing a bag to Abdul Ramzan, right, which sparked the suspicions of undercover officers. Their activities brought the ring to the attention of police, who arrested both men, and raided the home of primary school teacher Asqa Carvalho
Ramzan from Slough, Berkshire, was jailed for 16 years after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and was found guilty of three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Anwar, also of Slough, was found guilty of three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment
Their stash of Class A drugs was estimated to be worth up to £7000.
Speaking after the sentence of the gang members, Detective Constable Gill McLean, of the Met’s Special Projects Team, said: ‘These are extremely dangerous individuals who were prepared to use lethal firearms to protect an illicit drug dealing business.
‘I am pleased that they have now been jailed for a considerable period of time.’