Pictured: Deadly loaded .357 Magnum found in Adidas bag behind washing machine


This is the loaded chamber that could have led to deaths on the streets of Merseyside.

Gun thug Carlin Pendleton hid the .357 Magnum in a bag stashed behind a washing machine in a Speke kitchen.

That same property was also home to an £850,000-a-year cannabis farm busted when police raided the house last summer.

Officers executed a warrant on Dam Wood Road in July 2017, discovering 216 cannabis plants in an upstairs bedroom.

During the search they found the gun in an Adidas satchel hidden behind a washing machine.

The chamber held five live rounds and one used round.

A wanted appeal for Pendleton, of Dam Wood Road, was released by Merseyside Police and he was arrested almost two months later.

He was due to face a trial this week, but pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition and was jailed for seven years.

Following his sentencing, Superintendent Mark Wiggins said: “This is a great result for Merseyside Police but more importantly, it is a fantastic result for our communities where firearms cause serious harm, and yet another weapon removed.

“Cannabis farms are both death-traps for those living close by, and as a magnet which can attract serious and organised crime to these areas. We always emphasise the risks that cannabis farms bring to the communities, which include the risk of firearms and violence, and this sentence is further proof of that.

“Come forward with any information if you suspect firearms are being stored and cannabis is being grown in your neighbourhood and we will take action.

“Groups will often rent residential and industrial properties in the heart of our communities, and the growing of cannabis bring huge risk to neighbouring properties and businesses.

“Each seizure represents money being taken from the pockets of criminals and we encourage members of the communities to report any concerns to police.”


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