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Friday, March 9, 2018

Wilmington Man Federally Indicted And Detained For Illegally Possessing A Gun

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Zidre Cephas, of Wilmington, was detained pending trial Friday after being indicted[1] by a federal grand jury earlier this week for illegally possessing a firearm.  According to court documents, Cephas was arrested last year by members of the Wilmington Police Department in the area of 6th Street and Jefferson Street, in Wilmington’s West Center City neighborhood.  While responding to a citizen complaint, officers found a revolver in Cephas’ pants’ pocket.

U.S. Attorney Weiss commented, “Effectively combatting gun violence before shots are fired requires the cooperation of local, state, and federal law enforcement. My office is committed to working tirelessly with the Wilmington Police Department to investigate and prosecute firearms crimes in the City of Wilmington generally, and the neighborhood of West Center City in particular.”

Charges in this case were brought by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”).  This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. de Barrena-Sarobe and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Welsh.



[1] The charges in the Indictment are only allegations.  The Defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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