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Press Release

Middletown Man Sentenced to Over 8 Years of Federal Prison for Selling Methamphetamine and Fentanyl and Illegally Possessing Ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. – A Middletown man was sentenced on April 6, 2022 to 97 months in prison for possessing methamphetamine and fentanyl with intent to distribute, as well as possession of ammunition by a person prohibited. 

Leon Ransom, 31, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) after multiple sales of methamphetamine and a separate sale of fentanyl to a DEA confidential source.    Following a search of the home in which Ransom was living, the DEA found almost four additional ounces of crystal methamphetamine, over two ounces of fentanyl, three ounces of cocaine, two scales, cutting agents, and a box of ammunition.  The methamphetamine sold and possessed by Ransom was chemically tested by the DEA and found to be 100% pure. 

David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika.  U.S. Attorney Weiss commented, “Methamphetamine and fentanyl are two of the deadliest drugs plaguing our streets today.  Peddling these poisons endangers the safety of our community.  My office will continue to seek significant prison sentences for those who profit from illegal drug sales.”

“As U.S. Attorney Weiss said, illicit fentanyl and methamphetamine are two street drugs that have had a disproportionately destructive effect on our communities,” said Thomas Hodnett, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division.  “That Ransom was selling distribution quantities of both and had gun ammunition shows how dangerous his criminal conduct was.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Ibrahim prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the DEA. 

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:21-cr-69-MN.

Updated April 11, 2022

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