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Convicted Felon found Guilty of Possession of Firearm, Multiple Drug Charges, and Aiding and Abetting

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

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Richard Winn, 35, of Philadelphia, PA, was found guilty after a jury trial for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

During the course of an unrelated homicide investigation, police learned of the address of a house at 1208 West Venango Street in Philadelphia where Winn and his co-defendant, Ameen Green, supplied drugs to other drug dealers and stored weapons to further their drug trafficking. The charges in this case stemmed from items found during the execution of a search warrant on September 15, 2017.

The defendant is a felon and qualifies as an Armed Career Criminal.  Co-defendant Green previously pleaded guilty.

“Convicted felons have no business possessing deadly firearms for any reason, let alone to facilitate drug crimes that plague our community,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “Drugs and gun crimes decimate millions of lives every year, and as today’s verdict demonstrates, my Office will do everything in its power to fight for safer streets in our District.”

“Today’s verdict confirms the FBI’s commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to take back our communities from violent offenders and make our streets safer,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster.

This case was investigated by Special Agent Will Becker of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with substantial assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy Winter.

Updated September 7, 2018

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