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ATF Names New Leader for Philadelphia Field Division

December 15, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the appointment of Sheree L. Mixell as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Philadelphia Field Division, in December 2011.More »

Superseding Indictment in Racketeering Case Filed Against Violent Southwest Philadelphia Drug Gang

September 14, 2011

A superseding indictment was unsealed today adding three additional defendants and 16 additional counts against members of the Harlem Boys, a violent street gang operating in Southwest Philadelphia’s Bartram Village Housing Development (BVHD). Among the new charges are several crimes of violence and threats in aid of racketeering, Hobbs Act robberies, and drug distribution counts.More »

Violent Armed Robber Sentenced to 158 Years in Prison

August 4, 2011

ALLENTOWN, PA — Robert J. Pennington, 25, of Reading, PA, was sentenced today to 158 years in prison in connection with multiple armed robberies committed between December 27, 2007 and February 4, 2008 during which delivery truck drivers were assaulted and robbed at gunpoint in Reading, Pennsylvania, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and Berks County District Attorney John Adams. A federal jury convicted Pennington on March 8, 2011, of 16 counts including one count of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, one count of attempted interference with interstate commerce by robbery, seven counts of interference with interstate commerce by robbery, and seven counts of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.More »