By Ellie Speeding and Jeremy Roebuck

The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Two of the weapons used within the taking pictures outdoors Roxborough Excessive Faculty final month, which left a 14-year-old useless and 4 teenagers injured, later ended up within the palms of a Philadelphia sheriff’s deputy who then illegally resold the weapons to a federal informant, in line with a court docket submitting unsealed Thursday.

Samir Ahmad, 29, a four-year veteran of the division, was arrested at work final week as a part of an FBI gun-trafficking investigation, the information say.

In April, an informant arrange a managed gun purchase with Ahmad, the place he paid Ahmad $1,150 for a Smith & Wesson .38 Particular revolver and bullets, in line with the information. Ahmad additionally supplied to promote the informant Percocet, in line with the court docket submitting.

Investigators continued to watch Ahmad, and in October, arrange one other undercover purchase.

The informant, sporting a video and audio recording system, met Ahmad outdoors his North Philadelphia dwelling Oct. 13 with a plan to purchase $3,000 price of weapons, in line with the information.

Ahmad informed the informant they must wait for one more particular person to ship the weapons. As they waited, the informant mentioned he was not a U.S. citizen, and was anxious he could possibly be deported if caught with a gun.

“You do not obtained to fret about none of that,” Ahmad mentioned, in line with the information.

Finally, a automobile pulled up, and Ahmad approached it and retrieved the weapons, the information say.

Ahmad offered the informant two Glock pistols for $3,000, the information say, and likewise supplied to promote him a 3rd.

The evening earlier than Ahmad was arrested, he offered one other semiautomatic pistol and greater than 50 grams of methamphetamine to the informant, the information say.

After the sale, federal investigators carried out a hint on the weapons, a typical process that determines the place the gun was initially purchased and whether or not it’s linked to any crimes.

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The hint confirmed that the 2 Glocks offered in October had been used simply two weeks earlier within the taking pictures outdoors Roxborough Excessive Faculty, in line with the information, the place 5 shooters unleashed greater than 60 bullets at a bunch of teenagers leaving a soccer scrimmage. 4 teenagers, ages 14 to 17, have been injured, and Nicolas Elizalde died.

The court docket information don’t clarify how Ahmad got here to be in possession of the weapons used within the taking pictures — or accuse him of getting a direct hyperlink to that crime. Prosecutors declined to remark, as did his lawyer.

Ahmad has been charged with firearms trafficking, and promoting and transferring a firearm to a non-U.S. nationwide or citizen.

Throughout a short listening to in federal court docket Thursday, Ahmad agreed by his lawyer to not combat authorities efforts to maintain him detained till trial.

He mentioned nothing as he was escorted into the courtroom in an olive jail jumpsuit, and pressed his palms to his face as protection lawyer Michael Parkinson addressed the decide.

Parkinson declined to debate particulars of the case afterward.

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“It is means early within the course of proper now,” he mentioned. “At this level we’ve to look into our investigation and suppose the federal government’s going to proceed with theirs.”

The Sheriff’s Workplace, by a spokesperson, mentioned Ahmad was served a 30-day discover of intent to dismiss “for repeated violations of the Philadelphia Sheriff Workplace directives, insurance policies and procedures. As all the time, the Workplace of the Sheriff will proceed to cooperate with native, state, and federal authorities.”

The spokesperson didn’t elaborate on the “repeated violations” and directed extra feedback to the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.

“As alleged, Samir Ahmad abused his authority — to the best extent potential — as a sworn regulation enforcement officer,” U.S. Lawyer Jacqueline Romero mentioned in an announcement. “The defendant allegedly illegally offered firearms on the road, and for the sake of placing cash in his pocket, was keen to place lethal firearms into the palms of somebody he knew was prohibited by regulation from possessing them.”

Jacqueline Maguire, particular agent accountable for the FBI’s Philadelphia division, referred to as the actions reprehensible.

“Philadelphia is awash in unlawful weapons, that are getting used to commit violent crimes, so each weapon we are able to take off the road and each trafficker we are able to lock up makes a distinction,” Maguire mentioned.


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