Abington officers apprehend suspect in possession of illegal firearms

The Abington Township Police Department honored Officers Nico Belardo and Ryan Galiczynski for their efforts on Wednesday, February 14, in apprehending a suspect who was found to be in possession of three firearms, at least two of which were illegal.

Court records show a Jeremiah Ford, 19, of Philadelphia, was charged on Thursday, February 15 with three felony gun crimes, drug and drug paraphernalia possession crimes, resisting arrest, and various traffic violations in connection with the incident.

According to the department, the officers pulled over a black Chevy Impala on Wednesday, February 14 for a traffic stop. After approaching the vehicle, they smelled and saw marijuana coming from the vehicle, which was occupied by two males.

The driver was instructed to exit the vehicle and initially exhibited evasive behavior, police said. After a pat-down search, Officer Belardo felt what he believed to be a firearm inside a satchel on the suspect’s person.

When the officers attempted to detain the driver, he resisted and a physical altercation ensued, which resulted in the driver being taken into custody.

“Following the suspect’s detainment, his brother arrived at the scene and aggressively confronted police, demanding his brother’s release,” the department said. “He attempted to intervene physically, resulting in a confrontation with officers, which required additional officers to respond to assist, including members of the Upper Moreland Police department.”

The suspect was eventually subdued and taken into custody. No injuries were sustained by either the police or the suspects during the altercation.

Police learned that the driver’s satchel contained two firearms, one of which had an obliterated serial number. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded, and Officers Belardo and Galiczynski applied for a search warrant.

A search of the vehicle revealed a third firearm, identified as a ghost gun.

“We extend our gratitude to the Upper Moreland Police Department for their invaluable assistance,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Additionally, Officers Belardo and Galiczynski are commended for their outstanding handling of the situation.”

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