Two-Time Drug Dealer Malik Nasir Bags 17 Years In Slammer for Firearms and Drug Dealing Offenses
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.”