A duo from Rubery have been jailed for their part in an underworld gun dealing operation working across the West Midlands.

Simon Graham, aged 39, of Holly Hill Road, would act as a courier for firearms that were being sold by his brother and ringleader, Tony Graham, of St John’s Road, Dudley.

Tony Graham would buy so-called obsolete calibre guns, which are legal but intended for collectors, and then purchase a key legally from a foreign website to give him the tools to make bullets for the antique guns.

Police estimate that he made more than 100 enquiries with an online retailer of the weapons.

The investigation also found that Simon Graham had supplied a gun that was seized from a gang of armed men in a BMW in Kings Norton on May 13, 2021, in an operation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Detective Inspector Amar Patel said: “Tony Graham was a trusted supplier of ammunition with people to travel across the country to buy from him.

“He had a real interest in firearms and a determination to profit from their sale within the criminal underworld.

“The dismantling of his operation will have been a major blow to serious and organised crime in the West Midlands and beyond.

“We are relentless in our pursuit of organised criminals who cause massive damage to our communities.”

Another Rubery man, Bailey McIlroy, aged 19, of Lysander Road, was also found guilty of possession of a firearm after he dumped a loaded handgun on August 6 during a police chase.

Simon Graham admitted to four charges of selling ammunition and was jailed for five years and six months.

Bailey McIlroy was found guilty of possession of a firearm and ammunition and was jailed on Friday (November 24) for three years.