Tamir Jonathan Hartsock, 24, of Upper Dublin Township, now faces a November 15 formal arraignment hearing on the charges in county court. After that hearing, a county judge will schedule Hartsock’s trial date.
According to The Reporter, he waived his preliminary hearing.
Hartsock received numerous felony charges related to the straw purchasing and trafficking of 15 firearms, four of which have been recovered and connected to multiple homicides and other violent crimes in Philadelphia through NIBIN fired cartridge casing (FCC) leads.
The investigation into Hartsock’s suspected illegal firearms activities involved multiple agencies including the Montgomery County Detective Bureau’s Violent Crimes Unit (VCU), the ATF, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force, Upper Dublin Township Police, Marple Township Police and Philadelphia Police. The investigation began in April 2023 after Philadelphia Police recovered firearms from people not allowed to possess a firearm and those guns were linked back to purchases by Hartsock, which is indicative of straw purchasing and gun trafficking.