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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 21, 2022

El Mirage Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Dealing in Firearms Without a License

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Abdur-R-Ahin Shamsid-Deen, 43, of El Mirage, Arizona, was sentenced on October 11, 2022, by United States District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 30 months in federal prison. Shamsid-Deen previously pleaded guilty to Dealing Firearms Without a License.

From April to October 2019, Shamsid-Deen bought, and later sold, at least 55 firearms – mostly handguns – from Arizona gun stores for the purpose of selling them for a profit. Some of the handgun purchases were made for known members of a criminal street gang in Los Angeles, California. Law enforcement recovered 30 of the handguns that Shamsid-Deen purchased: 28 were recovered near Los Angeles, and two were recovered in Phoenix. Some of the firearms were used in robberies and drive-by shootings, and others were recovered from prohibited possessors—persons who are legally prohibited from possessing firearms.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, many stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Coleen Schoch and Brian Kasprzyk, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

 

CASE NUMBER:            CR-21-00278-PHX-DLR
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-186_Shamsid-Deen
 

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
2022-186_Shamsid-Deen
Updated October 21, 2022