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Defendant Sentenced to Ten Years Imprisonment for Drug and Firearm Charges

November 1, 2012

United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, for the Middle District of Georgia, announced today that Ishmael Saleem, age 37, of Macon, Georgia, was sentenced on October 30, 2012, to ten (10) years imprisonment without parole, followed by five (5) years of supervised release and a $200.00 mandatory assessment fee.

Saleem’s sentence followed his guilty plea to Possession With Intent to Distribute one kilogram of cocaine, in violation of Title 21,United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B)(ii) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, five (5) kilograms of marijuana, and Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).  Saleem was sentenced to 125 months for the drug violation and 120 months for the firearms charge, and a $200.00 mandatory assessment fee.  The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

The case originated on October 13, 2010, when a U.S. Postal Inspector intercepted two (2) packages from California which contained one (1) kilogram of cocaine.  The packages were eventually delivered by the U.S. Postal Inspector to an address where Saleem resided.  A subsequent search of the residence uncovered the cocaine, marijuana, and six firearms.  Due to Saleem’s previous conviction for possession of cocaine, he was prohibited from possessing the firearms.

United States Attorney Moore said, “the coordinated efforts of the U.S. Postal Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Macon Police Department are to be credited for bringing about the successful conclusion of this investigation.”

The case was prosecuted by AUSA Charles L. Calhoun.  For additional information, contact Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office at (478) 621-2602.

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