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Members of Violent Southwest Philadelphia Drug and Gang Convicted

December 6, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — A federal jury, today, returned guilty verdicts against seven members of the so–called Harlem Boys, a violent drug gang that operated in and around the Bartram Village Housing Development (BVHD) in Southwest Philadelphia. The defendants, all from Philadelphia, were part of a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise. More »

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for McKees Rocks Business Arson

December 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the arson that occurred Oct. 10 at 701 Yunker St., McKees Rocks, Allegheny County. More »

Results of Violent Crime Reduction Partnership Announced

November 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – Federal officials today announced the results of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (VCRP), a collaborative law enforcement effort between federal law enforcement agencies and the Philadelphia Police Department to combat violent crime in some of Philadelphia's hardest hit neighborhoods announced by Attorney General Eric Holder, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane David Memeger and other Philadelphia officials on July 23, 2012. More »

ATF SAC Recipient of 2012 Women of Distinction Award From Philadelphia Business Journal

November 27, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Philadelphia Business Journal announced today that Special Agent in Charge Sheree Mixell, Philadelphia Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been honored as a 2012 Women of Distinction award recipient. The award recognizes the region‘s most dynamic women. More »

Montgomery County Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Burning Down His Business

November 16, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Giamo, 31, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, was sentenced today to 16 years for conspiring to burn down his auto repair shop, One Source Motors, on May 24, 2010, in Philadelphia. On March 1, 2012, a federal jury found Giamo guilty of mail fraud, conspiracy to use fire to commit mail fraud, using fire to commit mail fraud, maliciously damaging or destroying by fire a building used in interstate commerce, false statements to federal investigators, and obstruction of justice. Giamo conspired with another individual (charged elsewhere) to burn down the business in order to collect the insurance proceeds. More »

ATF Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Armed Robberies

October 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Sheree L. Mixell announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the armed robbery of 13 pharmacies in the Philadelphia area.More »

Multiple Indictments in Gun Trafficking Crackdown

August 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – A group of 11 indictments, naming 22 defendants, was unsealed today as a result of an undercover investigation into illegal gun trafficking by the ATF.More »

Targeting Philadelphia Area Gun Crime

August 8, 2012

Philadelphia – Sheree L. Mixell, Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division of the U.S. ATF today announced the launching of an advertising campaign in Philadelphia, PA., in an attempt to encourage the public to report firearm-related crimes.More »

Attorney General Eric Holder and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Announce Partnership to Combat Violent Crime

July 23, 2012

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter today announced the Department of Justice (DOJ) and city of Philadelphia's Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (VCRP), which directs additional federal agents and technological resources to assist local law enforcement in combating violent crime.More »

Man Charged with Attempting to Carry on an Explosive Device on a Plane

March 29, 2012

Joseph Picklo, 29, of Dallas, PA, was charged today by criminal complaint with attempting to carry on an explosive device on a plane, following an incident at Philadelphia International Airport. Picklo was being screened for a United Airlines flight to San Francisco this morning when a plastic bottle filled with an explosive substance was found in his luggage. Picklo was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department. He was transferred to federal custody this afternoon. He made an initial appearance in federal magistrate’s court today and had a Federal Defender appointed to represent him. A continuance was granted until tomorrow at 1:30pm.More »