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Heroin Addict Sentenced to 4 to 8 Years for Gun Offenses

October 14, 2016

Contact: Gregg Shore, 215.348.6202, gdshore@buckscounty.org

A Philadelphia man caught with heroin and a stolen gun during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 was sentenced this morning to serve four to eight years in state prison.

John Medina, 29, had been convicted at least four times on felony drug charges before state police arrested him in March. As a result of that history, he was prohibited from possessing any firearms.

On March 13, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper patrolling I-95 near the Bensalem exit stopped a Honda sedan that had illegally tinted windows. Medina was a passenger in the vehicle.

After a records check revealed that the driver had a suspended license, Medina and another passenger were asked for identification so that a legal driver for the Honda could be found. When Medina’s information was checked, the trooper found that Medina was wanted on a probation violation from a drug case in Philadelphia.

A search of the vehicle yielded a black purse containing a .40 caliber handgun on the floor of the passenger side where Medina had been seated. The gun was loaded with 10 full-metal-jacket bullets.

After being taken to the state police barracks in Trevose, Medina told police that he had narcotics in his right sock. Eight packets of heroin were found on him.

A check of the firearm revealed that it had been reported stolen in Delaware County.

Medina pleaded guilty on July 18 to charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.

In court today, Medina acknowledged that he was on supervision for five different offenses in Philadelphia at the time of his arrest. He is scheduled for violation hearings on those cases and could face additional prison time as a result.

He told Bucks County Judge Rea B. Boylan that he had been treated for heroin addiction and mental health issues, but had stopped his treatment and had begun using drugs again shortly before his arrest.

He also acknowledged buying the handgun on the street, knowing that it likely was stolen. “In my mind, I was not going to hurt nobody with the gun,” he told Boylan.

Boylan sentenced him serve to four to eight years on the firearms charge, plus a concurrent two to four years for receiving stolen property. She directed him to undergo mental health and drug and alcohol assessments in prison, and rejected his contention that he had harmed no one.

“Possession with intent to deliver (drugs) victimizes other persons in the community,” the judge said. She added that Medina, through his many prior contacts with the criminal justice system, had “been given every opportunity to deal with” his mental health and addiction issues.

Approved for release by Gregg Shore, Deputy District Attorney.


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