A former member of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department has been arrested for weapons and drug trafficking.

By Denise Clay Murray

A five-year veteran of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department has been arrested and charged with weapons and drug trafficking for selling firearms, including two that were used to shoot five students at Roxborough High School.

Samir Ahmad was arrested Oct. 19 after selling two semi-automatic pistols, ammunition and 50 grams of methamphetamine to an FBI informant in North Philadelphia for more than $3,000, according to the indictment.

Although not part of the indictment, the link between the illegal weapons and the Roxborough High School shooting was revealed when US Attorney Jacqueline Romero filed a motion to remand Ahmad until his trial. . On September 27, five football players from Roxborough High School were shot dead as they walked home from practice. One of those players, 14-year-old Nicholas Elizalde, died from his injuries.

In the alleged exchange between Ahmad and the informant, the informant said he was in the United States illegally and could “be deported” for possessing a firearm. In response, the indictment alleges that Ahmad told the informant “You don’t have to worry about any of that.”

Because the informant identified himself as being in the country illegally, Ahmad was charged with selling firearms to someone illegally in the United States in addition to arms trafficking.

As a sheriff’s deputy, Ahmad had a duty to the community that was meant to supersede personal gain. But that was not the case.

“Samir Ahmad abused his authority to the fullest extent possible as a sworn law enforcement officer,” Romero said. “Defendant was illegally selling firearms on the street to at least one person who was not licensed to possess them, adding fuel to the already incendiary fire of deadly gun violence in the city of Philadelphia. Together with our law enforcement partners, we are doing everything we can to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence. »

In a statement released by Sheriff Rochelle Bilal’s office the sheriff that arms trafficking was the straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to Ahmad. The deputy, who was hired in 2018, had been anything but a model employee, the statement said.

“On October 19, 2022, [Ahmad] received 30 days notice of intent to terminate for repeated violations of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office guidelines, policies and procedures,” the statement read. “As always, the sheriff’s office will continue to cooperate with local, state and federal authorities.” Bilal declined to give details of disciplinary issues prior to his arrest that led to Ahmad’s dismissal and it was unclear whether Ahmad had a lawyer. at press time.

Whether or not Ahmad has a lawyer was unclear at press time. If found guilty, he faces 15 years in prison.