Firearm found during raid

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A businessman accused of firearms and drugs charges told a court how he developed a cocaine habit after his grandmother died in his arms.

Garage owner Jeevan Singh, 34, who runs the Preston Repair Centre in Deepdale, Preston, was close to tears as he took to the witness box in Preston’s Session’s House court.

He has admitted charges of possessing a firearm - a stun gun - concealing criminal property, relating to more than £50,000 found during a raid, and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Asked about his drug habit by defence barrister, Philip Andrews, he said he was offered it at a Christmas party.

He added: “I lost my grandmother who I was close to. She had cancer and I unfortunately saw her pass away, she was in my arms. At the time I was putting a lot of hours in. It was offered to me. I felt good, confident and I continued taking it for a few months”

On one occasion he spent £1,000 in a week.

Singh, of Alwych Drive, Ashton, Preston, was arrested during raids on his home and garage in November 2012, during which police found a stun gun, cocaine, and more than £50,000 cash.

Quizzed about the stun gun, Singh said it belonged to a customer who had left a ‘box’ behind after having his van valeted, and had never returned.

When asked about a suitcase that was found containing the cash, he replied that the batteries in his business cash safe had ran out and that he was using the locked suitcase while he waited for a new safe to arrive.

Singh is on a “trial of issue” over how deeply he was involved in the offences.