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Ex-Philadelphia Deputy Charged With Selling Illegal Weapons, Including 2 Used In ‘Ambush’ High School Shooting

A former Philadelphia sheriff’s deputy is charged with illegally selling firearms, including two used in a deadly “ambush” after a high school football game, court documents state.

Former deputy, Samir Ahmad, 29, is accused of illegally trafficking firearms and selling firearms to a person in the US

In April, the FBI learned that Ahmad, who was then an employee of the city government, had offered to sell firearms to a person who happened to be a confidential FBI informant, the indictment said.

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The police gave the informant an audio recording device and ordered him to buy Ahmad’s weapon.

According to the document, Ahmad sold the informant a Smith & Wesson revolver with six live bullets for $1,150 in cash, and promised the informant that they would meet again at a later date for additional ammunition. The informant gave the gun to the FBI.

On October 13, Ahmad is said to have sold two more weapons to the informant. In audio and video recordings, the informant told Ahmad he was in the US illegally and expressed concern about deportation if caught with a firearm.

Ahmad assured the man that he would be fine and gave him two pistols and ammunition in exchange for $3,000 in cash, the indictment said. The informant gave the guns to the FBI.

Ahmad was arrested at the sheriff’s office on October 19 after being fired. A day before his arrest, he met the informant again and sold him another firearm and methamphetamine in exchange for $4,900 in cash, a separate court says.

During the investigation, police traced the two weapons from the Oct. 13 sale and learned they had been used in a shooting outside Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, according to the filing.

Five football players were shot in the September 27 “ambush” after gunmen in a light green Ford Explorer opened fire as high school students walked off the field. Nicholas Elizalde, 14, was killed after being shot in the chest.

Three people – two teenagers and a 21-year-old man – were arrested in connection with the shooting, NBC Philadelphia reported. Police suspect there were five gunmen and a getaway car driver.

“The fact that the defendant had access to these weapons so quickly after they were used to commit such a heinous crime speaks volumes about the danger this defendant poses to the community,” the court said.

It is not clear whether Ahmad knew the weapons had been used in the shooting before he got his hands on them. His attorney and the DOJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

US attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said Ahmad “abused his authority” as a member of law enforcement.

“The defendant allegedly illegally sold firearms on the street to at least one person who was not allowed to possess them, adding fuel to the already inflammatory fires of deadly gun violence in the city of Philadelphia,” Romero said in a statement. “We are working with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence.”

If convicted, Ahmad faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com