PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A deputy with the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and charged with trafficking and selling guns, according to the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Samir Ahmad, 29, of Philadelphia, was taken into custody on October 19 by federal agents.
Court documents say two of the firearms Ahmad sold on October 13 were traced by law enforcement as being used in a deadly ambush shooting after a football scrimmage at Roxborough High School two weeks earlier.
The September 27 shooting killed 14-year-old Nicolas Elizalde of Havertown, Pa. and left four other teenagers wounded.
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Officials said Ahmad was employed with the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office beginning in February 2018. He was terminated on October 19 and is in custody.
According to court documents, the charges stem from a meeting when authorities say Ahmad sold two semi-automatic pistols and ammunition to a confidential informant with the FBI in Philadelphia.
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During the exchange, the informant said that he was “illegal” and would “get deported” if he was caught in possession of a BB gun.
Officials said Ahmad replied, “You don’t got to worry about none of that.”
Then, five days later, officials said Ahmad sold another semiautomatic pistol and over 50 grams of methamphetamine.
The defendant made $3,000 from the sale of the firearms.
If convicted, Ahmad could face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Action News spoke with former FBI Agent Brad Garrett on putting together a case like this.
“It’s very tough to get out of a charge where you’re in video with a gun, with drugs and a conversation about selling them,” said Garrett.
He says putting these cases together isn’t easy and now he’s interested to know what Ahmad might admit to.
“Through plea negotiations, he may say I’ll give you person A, B and C. I’ll give you a pipeline of where I get guns,” said Garrett.
He says methods used to trace the two guns back to the Roxborough shooting is hard to dispute.
“That type of forensic evidence is really pretty solid. My guess is it’ll likely hold up in court,” said Garrett.
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