By Tristan Harris Friday 30 August 2013 Updated: 30/08 15:31
A SOUTH Birmingham man has been jailed for five years after a police undercover operation found him to be in possession of a gun, ammunition and cocaine.
Unemployed Oliver Higgins, 26 from Packhorse Lane, Hollywood, was handing the term after pleading guilty to the offences.
The two-month secret operation, carried out by West Midlands Police's serious and organised crime unit, ended as firearms officers tried to stop Higgins in his Volkswagen Caddy.
He sped off, but crashed into the front room of a house in Chinbrook Road, Billesley.
He escaped from the passenger seat and fled but officers chasing on foot caught up with him in a nearby garden.
When the scene was searched, a loaded gun was found hidden under the vehicle in a bag and cocaine worth £200 was discovered at his home.
The operation began when Higgins was linked to a series of crimes.
Det Ch Insp Wayne Jones, from the serious and organised crime unit, said the department was committed to tackling individuals such as Higgins who posed a risk to communities across the West Midlands.
"We welcome any information passed to us by local people," he added.
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