Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession Charge
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Michael Lisanti, 29, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about March 30, 2010, Lisanti possessed with intent to distribute less than 500 grams of cocaine.
Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for March 10, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court ordered Lisanti to be detained without bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Michael Lisanti.