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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Williamsport Man Convicted Of Distribution Of Heroin And Cocaine

WILLIAMSPORT – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Antoine Paris Davis, age 39, a resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was convicted on Friday of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.  The jury also found Davis was responsible for the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin.  The four-day trial was held before U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann in Williamsport.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, from June 2014 through January 2015, Davis conspired with co-defendant, Rasheem Jarbar Ruley, age 24, a resident of Williamsport, to distribute heroin and cocaine to drug users and sellers in Williamsport and distributed and possessed those substances with the intent to distribute on four separate occasions.  Ruley and Davis stored heroin and cocaine at their residence on Tinsman Avenue in Williamsport, including a large bag containing over 100 grams of heroin (136 small bags of heroin packaged for sale), 16 bags of cocaine, and digital scales. Pennsylvania State Police investigators also found approximately $1,300 in cash drug proceeds, digital scales used to weigh drugs, plastic bags, wax packets, and rubber bands used to package heroin and cocaine for distribution. 

Davis is in custody.  Ruley entered a guilty plea on September 8, 2016 before Judge Brann for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.  Ruley also pled guilty to distributing cocaine to an undercover Pennsylvania State Police trooper on June 3, June 10, and June 16, 2015.  Ruley is currently awaiting sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Williamsport Bureau of Police, the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office, the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney George Rocktashel.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the heroin initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.


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Drug Trafficking
Updated October 4, 2016