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Nine Year Sentence For Drug and Gun Runner

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


PHILADELPHIA- Kenneth Nesmith, 31, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 110 months in prison for his role in an illegal gun trafficking conspiracy as well as a drug trafficking conspiracy.  


Nesmith sold four dangerous firearms: 1) a fully automatic machine gun; 2) an SKS style semi-automatic rifle; 4) an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle; and 4) a 9 millimeter carbine rifle and 59.9 grams of crack cocaine to undercover officers.  The operation was brought to a halt by an undercover investigation involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Nesmith pleaded guilty to conspiracy, gun trafficking, drug trafficking, and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 


The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Natali.

Updated July 15, 2016

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