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Convicted felon charged with illegally selling stolen guns

Media, PA – Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced today that Charles David Clark, 36, of Marcus Hook, who is a convicted felon, is charged with illegally selling two stolen firearms to an undercover agent who was posing as a convicted felon.

Charles David Clark, of the unit block of W. 6th Street in Marcus Hook, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and receiving stolen property, both felonies of the second degree, possession of a firearm without a license, illegal sales of firearms, and criminal use of a communication facility, felonies of the third degree, and offenses. The arrest comes following a joint investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations (BNI), the Delaware County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and the Upper Chichester Police Department.

On June 5, 2018, at 5:33 p.m., BNI Agent Stacy Rucker, while acting in an undercover capacity, spoke with the defendant, Charles Clark, by cellphone in reference to purchasing a handgun. Clark agreed to sell undercover Narcotic Agent Rucker a handgun for $450 and told her to meet him at the Walmart on Conchester Highway in Upper Chichester, Delaware County. At approximately 5:50 p.m., Narcotic Agent Rucker and Supervisory Narcotic Agent David Carolina observed Clark arrive at the pre-arranged location, get out of his car, and enter a car occupied by agents Rucker and Carolina.

At this time, Clark removed a 9mm handgun which he had concealed in his waistband and handed it to the agents. Once SNA Carolina agreed to purchase the firearm, Clark retrieved two loaded magazines and a holster from under his shirt, which he stated he would give them when they bought the gun. During this interaction, Narcotic Agent Rucker informed Clark the reason she was purchasing the gun in this manner was because she was a felon. Clark admitted that he too was a convicted felon. Narcotic Agent Rucker handed $450 in cash to Clark who in turn provided the two loaded magazines, holster, and an additional 100 rounds of ammunition to the agents. Clark also offered to sell the undercover agents cocaine and Percocet pills. Law enforcement records revealed that in June of 2009, Clark pleaded guilty to felony statutory sexual assault and indecent assault of a minor, and was remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

On August 9, 2018, Charles Clark contacted Narcotic Agent Rucker stating that he had a .45 caliber handgun and a Ruger 9mm firearm for sale. On August 10, 2018, Narcotic Agent Rucker advised that she would buy both of the firearms, however, Clark stated although the .45 caliber firearm was already sold, he was still in possession of the Ruger 9mm and would sell it for $500. During this conversation with Agent Rucker, Clark revealed that he obtained these handguns during a burglary he recently committed. Narcotic Agent Rucker arranged to meet Clark on August 11, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., at the Walmart in Upper Chichester to purchase the firearm.

On August 11, 2018, at 9:20 a.m., Narcotic Rucker contacted Clark by cellphone at which time Clark stated he was at the meeting location and was parked in the parking lot of the Walmart. CID and BNI agents then approached Clark’s vehicle and took him into custody. A search of his vehicle revealed a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun secreted in a book bag on the front seat.

Charles Clark was remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post bail set at ten percent of $100,000. His preliminary hearing is August 23, 2018.

In Delaware County, the District Attorney’s Anti-Violence Task Force and Gun Trafficking Unit continues to work with local, state and federal authorities to target individuals who illegally sell and straw purchase firearms.

“In the case of Charles David Clark, he stole these guns and then brazenly sold them for profit to an individual who he believed was a criminal, showing a complete disregard for the law,” said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. “By doing so, and blatantly perpetuating criminal activity right here in our community, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison under the Brad Fox Law. We commend Agent Stacy Rucker and Supervisory Agent David Carolina of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and CID Detective Steven Bannar and Detective Rick Jones of the Trainer Borough Police Department for their work on this case and the Upper Chichester Police Department for their assistance. We will continue to aggressively target gun traffickers to prevent criminals from illegally obtaining firearms and to raise awareness about the severity of these crimes.”

“Thanks to the strong collaboration with our law enforcement partners in Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland’s office and the Upper Chichester Police Department, two more stolen guns are off our streets and this illegal gun trafficker will face justice,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “People have the right to feel safe in their home and the neighborhoods where they live and work – and illegal guns and gun traffickers erode that basic right.”

Deputy District Attorney George B. Dawson, Chief of the Anti-Violence Task Force, will be prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

 

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