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Philadelphia Drug Dealer Sentenced to Over Eight Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
The defendant was found in possession of a pistol modified to fire like a machinegun, a weapon highlighted during the City’s first biweekly gun violence briefing almost one year ago

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Anthony Cintron, 20, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison and five years of supervised release by United States District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno for numerous gun and drug offenses, including illegally possessing a firearm that had been modified to be fully automatic.

In November 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to charges including possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a machinegun. The charges stemmed from an investigation conducted earlier in 2021 after law enforcement observed the defendant possessing firearms in social media posts. Investigators executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized distribution-level quantities of crack cocaine, two loaded firearms near the drugs, and a Glock pistol equipped with a machinegun conversion device—i.e., a device that attached to the pistol and converted it into a fully automatic weapon. That seized, modified pistol was highlighted as an illegal weapon recently taken off the streets during the City of Philadelphia’s first biweekly gun violence briefing held nearly one year ago on March 17, 2021.

“At the time this weapon was found in the defendant’s possession and seized by law enforcement officers, City leaders asked for assistance from all partners to tackle the violence crisis in Philadelphia,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “Our Office and our federal partners heeded that call and responded that we would be All Hands On Deck in doing our part. The sentence handed down today putting Cintron behind bars for more than eight years demonstrates our commitment to this pledge.”

“Cintron’s brazen display of possessing firearms on social media shows how prevalent the gun threat is and has been in our city,” said Thomas Hodnett, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division.   “His criminal acts, to include possession of a full-automatic machinegun, show the level of violence that is associated with the illegal drug-trade.  Working to stem the gun violence that has plagued Philadelphia is one of our top enforcement priorities working with our partners in the Philadelphia Police Department.”  

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Francis A. Weber.


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Updated March 2, 2022

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