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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 2, 2018

Former Erie Resident Sentenced to Prison for Drug and Firearms Offenses

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison on his conviction of violating federal drug and firearms laws in two separate cases, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Ramon Martinez-Silva, 38.

According to information presented to the court, in the case at Criminal No. 14-26 Erie, from on or about May 16, 2013, to on or about August 26, 2013, Martinez-Silva and a co-defendant conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Martinez-Silva sold cocaine on four occasions in the vicinity of 915 West 16th Street and other locations in Erie, Pennsylvania. In addition, at Criminal No. 15-20 Erie, Martinez-Silva possessed a firearm while being a convicted felon. According to information provided to the court, Martinez-Silva obtained a Marlin 9mm semi-automatic rifle from an individual at a residence at 529 East 13th Street in Erie and was then caught by law enforcement officers after selling that gun. Martinez-Silva was prohibited from firearm possession because of two prior felony convictions.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the EAGLE task force, which is comprised of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Erie Police Department, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Martinez-Silva.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated April 3, 2018