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Bucks DA: Upper Darby Man Found Guilty on 12 Felony Counts in Gun Straw Purchase Case

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A 25-year-old man was convicted on Thursday, August 11, 2022, for the straw purchase of six guns he purchased at Chalfont gun store in November 2020, the latest example of this office’s efforts to punish those who illegally possess and sell guns.

Bashir T. Shakir, of Upper Darby, was found guilty of Bashir T. Shakir, of Upper Darbyon Nov. 13, 2020. Four of those six handguns have been recovered by police during criminal investigations around the tri-state area: two in Philadelphia, one in Wilmington, Delaware, and one in Millville, New Jersey.

After a 2-day bench trial, Commons Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh found Shakir guilty of six counts of making false statements on firearm purchase forms, as well as six counts of illegally giving firearms to other persons.

Sentencing was deferred to a later date.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office has made gun safety its biggest priority, by investigating and prosecuting straw purchasers, ghost gun manufacturers and those who illegally possess firearms.

“We will relentlessly pursue straw purchasers of guns, and those who use or possess guns criminally,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “This is a top priority for us. Prosecution of straw purchasers, like this one, coupled with recovery of those guns, makes our community safer, and saves lives. More to come.”

Earlier this month, Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force arrested a felon in possession of three ghost guns, two rifles, ammunition and tools used to make additional firearms.

In June, Lower Bucks Source broke the story about Drug Strike Force Detectives dismantling a ring that supplied methamphetamine and firearms, including automatic weapons and ghost guns to areas of Lower Bucks County and North Philadelphia.

And in March, in a joint operation by Bucks County Detectives, the Office of Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a 25-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested for the illegal straw purchases of 16 firearms.

Shakir was charged in June 2021 following an investigation by Bucks County Detectives and the Office of the Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force.

The investigation began with the recovery of a loaded 9-mm handgun on a street in Philadelphia in December 2020. A records check revealed that it was purchased by Shakir on Nov. 13, 2020.

Further investigation found that it was one of six guns purchased by Shakir that day at the Bunker Gun Shop II in Chalfont. Shakir had never filed a report with police that any guns had been lost or stolen.

Investigators requested that Shakir be flagged for future gun purchases. In March 2021, Shakir attempted to purchase firearms from gun shops in Bucks County and Montgomery County but was stopped.

This case was investigated by Bucks County Detectives and the Office of the Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force, with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Wilmington (DE) Police Department and the Millville (NJ) Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr.

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Turnpike Commission: Traffic Disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is warning motorists of expected traffic disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township due to an ongoing bridge rehabilitation project.

Starting this week, drivers merging onto I-95 northbound from the Delaware Valley Interchange acceleration ramp will encounter a temporary stop sign. The stop sign is in place through August 11 and is being placed to facilitate safe merging near the Levittown/Bristol Interchange (Exit 42). Additionally, on Friday, July 19, from midnight to 5 a.m. traffic pacing operations will slow vehicles to 20 to 25 mph. The intermittent 15-minute slowdowns at milepost 42.35 are planned for the safety of motorists and construction crews working on the bridge over the East Penn Railroad.

Motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on the Turnpike and northbound and southbound on I-95 in Bucks County are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly. Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be on-site to guide drivers through the work zones. Travelers can also expect updates from changeable message signs along the routes, according to officials. Officials noted that the work schedule may change depending on weather conditions.

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Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough

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Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.

 

Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Bristol Twp Undercover Operation Nets Alleged Crack Dealer

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A Bristol Borough man is facing serious drug related charges after he was arrested by Bristol Township Detectives following two undercover buys of “crack” cocaine.

According to police, James Edwards III, 30, became the focus of a drug investigation in Bristol Township for distribution of “crack” cocaine.  On May 29, Edwards allegedly delivered .79 grams of the drug to a confidential informant between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  On the same day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Edwards is alleged to have delivered .82 grams of the potent drug to a confidential informant.

Edwards was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski on Tuesday on felony two counts of manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance.  He was released on unsecured bail and  is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31 at Bristol Borough District Court.

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