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Federal Jury Convicts Felon of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in West Philadelphia

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

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Ramoine White, 39, of Upper Darby, PA, was convicted at trial of a single count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

On February 11, 2021, officers stopped White during a narcotics surveillance operation in the area of 5100 Arch Street in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Police Officers retrieved a Smith and Wesson, M&P, .40 caliber handgun loaded with 14 live rounds from White’s waistband. The defendant, who did not have a permit to carry that firearm, was also prohibited from possessing it due to his prior felony convictions which include possession with intent to distribute narcotics, aggravated assault, and firearms violations.

“This trial conviction exemplifies the ongoing commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s office to keep weapons out of the hands of people who are not permitted to possess them,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “It is the partnerships and the hard work of our law enforcement partners that are critical in keeping our communities safe.”

“I want to congratulate our ICE ERO officers for their skill and dedication in tracking down this dangerous criminal,” said Enforcement and Removal Operations Philadelphia Field Office Director Cammilla Wamsley. “The interagency cooperation and professionalism of the officers and prosecutors led to the arrest of another person who threatens the safety of the American public.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security - Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney MaryTeresa Soltis.

Updated February 17, 2023

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