Rapper and DJ, 35, is jailed for five years after being caught with a gun and ...

Rapper and DJ, 35, is jailed for five years after being caught with a gun and ...
Rapper and DJ, 35, is jailed for five years after being caught with a gun and ...

A rapper and DJ who is friends with Stormzy and AJ Tracey has been jailed for five years after being caught by police with a gun and bullets in his luxury Range Rover.

Musician, DJ and producer Wesley Gumbs, 35, who is known as Fastlane Wez, was stopped by officers on the M6 in Cheshire earlier this year after apparently buying the pistol from an underworld contact in Manchester.

Officers also found WhatsApp messages on the singer's mobile phone detailing his desire to acquire a firearm and arrangements for a rendezvous in the Hulme area of the city, which is well known for its street gangs.

The arrest occurred just four months after Gumbs, who regularly posts selfies on his Instagram page posing with Stormzy and also boxer Anthony Joshua, released a track called 'Encro' about the 2020 police operation against the Encrochat criminal mobile phone network.

Wesley Gumbs (above), 35, has been jailed for five years after being caught with a gun and bullets in his Range Rover on his way home after a police tip off. He allegedly obtained the weapon from an underworld contact in the Hulme area of Machester

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Wesley Gumbs (above), 35, has been jailed for five years after being caught with a gun and bullets in his Range Rover on his way home after a police tip off. He allegedly obtained the weapon from an underworld contact in the Hulme area of Machester

The musician, who is know as Fastlane Wez, has been in custody at Altcourse jail in Liverpool since his arrest. He admitted to possessing a prohibited weapon, but the possession of ammunition charge was dropped after prosecutors accepted the bullets would not be usable

The musician, who is know as Fastlane Wez, has been in custody at Altcourse jail in Liverpool since his arrest. He admitted to possessing a prohibited weapon, but the possession of ammunition charge was dropped after prosecutors accepted the bullets would not be usable

Chester Crown Court heard he would use 'gangsta rap' lyrics which repeatedly referenced firearms and shootings.

Police believe he was on his way back to his home near London with the gun when officers swooped on him following a tip off.

Today Gumbs, from Slough, Berkshire, appeared via video link from Altcourse jail in Liverpool and admitted possessing a prohibited weapon. The possessing ammunition charges against him were dropped after prosecutors accepted the bullets would not have usable.

Father-of-two Gumbs showed no emotion as Judge Simon Berkson told him: 'Working firearms need to be put out of circulation as they cause no end of misery to people and the deaths of many.

The rapper has been seen with the likes of boxer Anthony Joshua (above right). Gumbs showed no emotion in court on Friday as Judge Simon Berkson told him: 'Working firearms need to be put out of circulation as they cause no end of misery to people and the deaths of many'

The rapper has been seen with the likes of boxer Anthony Joshua (above right). Gumbs showed no emotion in court on Friday as Judge Simon Berkson told him: 'Working firearms need to be put out of circulation as they cause no end of misery to people and the deaths of many'

The rapper can be seen out partying with fellow rapper Stormzy (above left) before his arrest. The judge said only a lengthy and immediate sentence would be appropriate for the rapper, who began his five years today

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