For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 28, 2018
, United States Attorney
Justin E. Herdman
Contact: Mike Tobin
Akron man indicted on firearms and methamphetamine charges
Columbus Field Division
An Akron man was indicted on federal drug and firearms charges.
A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Anthony D. Gelfo, 32, with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The indictment alleges that on or about March 8, 2017, Gelfo did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute and to distribute at least five grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
The indictment further alleges that on or about March 8, 2017, Gelfo knowingly possessed a Walther pistol, model P22, .22 caliber, serial number obliterated, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The indictment further alleges that on or about March 8, 2017, Gelfo, having been previously convicted of rape in 2004 in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas, did knowingly possess in and affect interstate and foreign commerce, a firearm, specifically, a Walther pistol.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal records, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.