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August 6, 2007 - United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced that a grand jury has returned an indictment charging Marpio Adams with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(e), and possession of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 844. The indictment charges that on November 7, 2006, Adams possessed a Bersa S.A. Thunder .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, serial no. 532332, loaded with seven live rounds, and that Adams’s possession of the firearm was unlawful because he had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year imprisonment. The indictment further charges that on November 7, 2006, Adams possessed approximately 2.2 grams of cocaine.



AGE [Date of Birth]

Marpio Adams

Philadelphia, PA

39 years old

If convicted the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years imprisonment, to a maximum of life imprisonment, followed by five years supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

This case was investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal initiative designed to identify and prosecute firearms offenders in federal court, where the defendant is likely to receive a substantial sentence upon conviction. The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Emily McKillip.

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*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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