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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
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 90 Months of Incarceration for Trafficking Three Firearms and Unlawfully Possessing a Fourth

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Aaron Douglas, 31, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark A. Kearney to 90 months’ imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally distributing three firearms and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Between January 12, 2023, and April 10, 2023, Douglas illegally obtained and sold three semi-automatic handguns in Philadelphia, trafficking a 9mm Smith & Wesson Model SW9VE firearm, a 9mm Beretta Model APX firearm, and a 9mm Glock Model 47 firearm. The FBI subsequently executed a search warrant at the defendant’s North Philadelphia residence and discovered that he unlawfully possessed a fourth firearm – a .45 caliber Glock Model 30 semi-automatic pistol – that he wasn’t permitted to have due to his previous conviction in 2015 for illegally possessing a firearm.

“Every illegal gun taken off the street is a small victory in our fight against violent crime,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Aaron Douglas, and others who illicitly traffic firearms, have no regard for the damage they’re doing to our communities. My office and our partners will continue to target the illegal gun trade in our investigations and prosecutions, reducing gun violence and hopefully saving lives in the process.”

“Today’s sentencing is one more step toward keeping illegally bought and resold weapons off the streets,” said Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Philadelphia. “This case illustrates our enduring commitment to making our neighborhoods safer for the communities we serve.”

“This case is another example of our cooperation with our law enforcement partners to keep guns out of the hands of felons and dangerous criminals,” said Eric DeGree, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Philadelphia Field Division. “Gun trafficking puts our communities at risk. It is also a federal offense that can land you in prison for years.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael R. Miller.


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