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Former Philadelphia sheriff’s deputy charged with illegal sale of firearms, 2 of which were used in fatal shooting of teen



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A former Philadelphia sheriff’s deputy is accused of illegally selling firearms to an FBI informant while he was a deputy, including two that date back to the fatal Roxborough shooting two weeks earlier that left a 14-year-old dead and four minors injured, according to court documents.

Samir Ahmad is charged with trafficking firearms and selling firearms to someone illegally in the United States, since the informant told the then MP at the time of the purchase that they found illegally in the country, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said in a statement.

“You don’t have to worry about any of that,” replied Ahmad, a four-year veteran of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office, according to court documents.

Ahmad was fired Oct. 19 and arrested by federal agents, prosecutors said. The case was unsealed on Thursday.

CNN has reached out to Ahmad’s attorney for comment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania offered a scathing review of Ahmad’s behavior in its detention note. They say just two weeks after the shooting outside Roxborough High School, he was able to get the guns used.

“The fact that the defendant had access to these weapons so quickly after they were used to commit such a horrific crime speaks volumes about the danger this defendant poses to the community,” prosecutors wrote in the memo. on duty.

How he obtained the weapons is under investigation, according to Jennifer Crandall, public information officer at the U.S. attorney’s office.

According to court documents, Ahmad also sold methamphetamine to the informant during one of the encounters.

“His ties to this community, including his family members who live here, the oath he took and the badge he wore, were not enough to stop him from trafficking arms. fire and drugs,” prosecutors said in a motion for remand.

“The defendant abandoned his commitment to this community long ago when he decided that crime was more profitable and more practical than keeping the oath he had sworn to the citizens of Philadelphia,” the memo from detention, filed Wednesday.

While prosecutors say there may have been “a moment when the defendant apparently understood right from wrong”, his actions, including his willingness to sell drugs and firearms, “demonstrate that his moral compass is shattered,” the motion reads.

Ahmad received a notice of intent to terminate for “repeated violations of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office guidelines, policies and procedures,” the office said in a statement.

“As always, the Sheriff’s Office will continue to cooperate with local, state and federal authorities,” the statement said.

The Fraternal Order of Police of Philadelphia, which represents both police and deputy sheriffs, had no comment.

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