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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Philadelphia Man Charged with Drug Trafficking

Shawn Gilbert, 46, of Philadelphia, was charged today by indictment[1] with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Xanax, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. 

The indictment alleges that on about September 1, 2017, Gilbert possessed with intent to distribute marijuana and Xanax, and was found in possession of a firearm along with the marijuana and Xanax.

If convicted, Gilbert faces lifetime imprisonment, including a 20 year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment, at least 4 years up to lifetime supervised release, a $1,250,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department, and has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Salvatore L. Astolfi.


[1] An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 15, 2018