A DRUG dealer who was caught with a firearm during a police raid has been jailed.

Jordan Ferns, from Runcorn, was handed seven years behind bars at Chester Crown Court on Friday, April 23.

The 27-year-old’s conviction came after a search warrant was executed by Cheshire Police at an address on Dover Close in Murdishaw in November 2019.

A shotgun and more than 30 wraps of heroin were found inside a rucksack in the loft during the raid.

And his DNA was discovered on the trigger of the gun following forensic analysis.

Ferns, previously of Sycamore Road, admitted possession of a prohibited firearm and being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Acting Sergeant Phil Brown, of Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said: “Ferns admitted to serious offences including the supply of a class A drug which has a detrimental impact on vulnerable people and those who live in the local community.

“After seizing the shot gun it was forensically examined and found to be directly linked to Ferns after his DNA was on the trigger of the firearm.

“By acting on information we have taken a dangerous viable firearm out of circulation and protected those within our community by preventing it from being used or being put into the wrong hands.”