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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Jacqueline C. Romero, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 11, 2024

Philadelphia Man Indicted for Firearms Possession and Narcotics Trafficking

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Norman Copper, 32, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged by indictment with multiple firearms and narcotics offenses related to his possession and trafficking of those items. Specifically, the defendant is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of possession of firearms by a felon.

The indictment alleges that Copper was found in possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it on Jan. 24 in King of Prussia. The indictment further alleges that on Jan. 24, the defendant was found to be in possession of three semi-automatic handguns and one AK-style semi-automatic rifle. Finally, the indictment alleges that the defendant had been previously convicted of a felony before he possessed each of these firearms.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Upper Merion Township Police Department, the Montgomery County Detective Bureau and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lindsey T. Mills.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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