A FORMER Wakefield FC footballer has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for possessing a loaded handgun, and more than £7,000 of drugs.
Semi-professional winger Delroy Ferguson, 26, was told he had let his family and community down as he was handed the lengthy sentence after being found guilty of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Ferguson, who also played for Guiseley and Garforth Town and worked with youngsters at Chapeltown Youth Development Centre, had already pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition.
Police found a Browning self-loading handgun which contained a bullet, along with a silencer and a magazine containing five more bullets when they raided the bedroom of his home on Louis Street, Chapeltown, on August 9 this year.
They also discovered a carrier bag containing 361g of class B drug methlenedioxypyrovalerone (MDVP). The court heard the drug had a street value of £7,220.
Jailing Ferguson, judge Christopher Batty said the gun could have been “used to kill or to maim”.
Ferguson claimed he had found the gun and drugs in a neighbour’s garden. His lawyer Mark Foley said: “His character is exemplary.”