MELVINDALE – On Tuesday, a Melvindale man pleaded guilty to several charges related to illegal firearm possession – after being found with 18 guns and 2 counterfeit law enforcement badges earlier this year.
Saliah Algahmi, 37, has been charged with “unlawful possession of a firearm by a person who has been committed to a mental institution, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number,” according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.
On May 19, Algahmi reportedly shot at his wife while she was in her car, according to court records.
This led to a search of the couple’s Melvindale home on June 8 – where investigators found 18 guns, including four that were stolen and at least one machine gun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A fake Drug Enforcement Agency badge and a fake Department of Defense (DOD) badge were also recovered.
One of the 18 firearms was used in the incident involving his wife, federal prosecutors said. Several of the weapons were stolen or unregistered, one had an obliterated serial number and at least one is classified as a machine gun, prosecutors said.
Algahmi is not allowed to possess firearms after being court-ordered to a hospital for mental health.
According to his plea agreement, he is to forfeit all firearms and ammunition, including numerous pistols, revolvers and rifles, as well as more than 1,700 rounds of various types of ammunition.
“Even as violent crime rates have fallen this year, violence in our community remains unacceptably high,” said U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison. “The unlawful use and possession of firearms by a few dangerous individuals continues to drive that violence. And so, we will continue to focus our efforts on identifying and prosecuting those drivers of violence.”
Algahmi is currently held in custody. Prosecutors said he is detained until sentencing. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 22, per court records.
“All people deserve to feel safe in their relationships,” said James Deir, a Detroit special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “Algahmi’s repeated use of firearms to commit domestic violence is unacceptable.”
The ATF conducted the investigation of this case, with support from the Detroit Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Violent and Organized Crime Unit within the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.