Two-Time Drug Dealer Malik Nasir Bags 17 Years In Slammer for Firearms and Drug Dealing Offenses; Let Out Of Slammer in Less Than 5 Years
WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Malik Nasir, 37, of Dover, Delaware, was sentenced on August 24, 2018, to 17 ½ years in federal prison for illegally possessing five (5) firearms after a prior federal and state drug and gun felony convictions. Nasir was also found guilty of possession with intent to deliver $12,000 worth of marijuana seized from his storage unit in Dover and a related charge for maintaining that storage unit for the purpose of illegal drug distribution.
Nasir was convicted following a two-day federal jury trial in June 2017. According to court documents and the proof offered at trial, the Delaware State Police obtained a search warrant for Nasir’s storage unit in Dover in December 2015 after Delaware State Police received numerous complaints regarding suspicious activity in and around the unit. While officers were preparing to search, Nasir drove to the storage unit and was arrested there.
Nasir was also found guilty of possession with intent to deliver $12,000 worth of marijuana seized from his storage unit in Dover
Delaware State Police announced that Kent County Drug Task Force members went to the Liberto Self Storage facility after receiving a tip that a man was storing marijuana there.
Malik Nasir was found in the parking lot, where he was taken into custody. When the container was searched, police said they found more than 3 kilograms of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than $350 in suspected drug proceeds.
A search of Nasir’s home turned up several guns, ammunition and more than $5,000 in suspected drug proceeds.
Arresting troopers located a duffel bag in Nasir’s car containing marijuana residue and a key to the storage unit. Using the key, the troopers opened the storage unit and seized $12,000 worth of marijuana found inside.
When subsequently searching Nasir’s second car (a 2009 Dodge Charger), the troopers found and seized five handguns—four of which were loaded and one of which had been reported as stolen—and 223 rounds of ammunition. Nasir was prohibited from possessing any firearms due to his prior state and federal felony convictions.
U.S. Attorney Weiss said, “The defendant’s decision to illegally possess multiple guns while engaging in the illicit drug trade represents a significant safety concern to the citizens of Delaware. This prosecution serves notice of the effectiveness of federal and state law enforcement working together to protect this community and hold gun offenders accountable.”
Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division said, “Mr. Nasir was previously convicted for drug and gun crimes, and shows his continued disregard for both the law and the well-being of others by choosing to distribute drugs into Delaware communities, along with his illegal possession of firearms. The investigative work done on this case by ATF Special Agents and our Delaware State Police partners, as well as prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, has undoubtedly made the citizens of Delaware safer.”
U. S. ATTORNEY David C. Weiss
David C. Weiss was appointed by President Trump to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware and was sworn in on February 22, 2018. USA Weiss previously served as the First Assistant United States Attorney (2007-2009; 2012-2018) and both the Acting and Interim United States Attorney for the District of Delaware (2009 to 2011).
Mr. Weiss began his legal career in 1984 as a law clerk to Justice Andrew D. Christie of the Delaware Supreme Court. After completing his clerkship, Mr. Weiss served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 through 1989, prosecuting a variety of federal crimes. Mr. Weiss joined Duane Morris in 1989 and became a partner at the firm in 1993. While at Duane Morris, Mr. Weiss practiced in the firm’s commercial litigation department. In 1999 Mr. Weiss joined The Siegfried Group, a financial services firm, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President.
Mr. Weiss is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Widener University School of Law. He is a member of the Delaware and Pennsylvania bars.