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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 7, 2017

Williamsport Man Sentenced To 12 Years’ Imprisonment For 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 sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann for the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin.

 

Davis was convicted by a federal jury on September 30, 2016, 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. One hundred grams of heroin is the equivalent of approximately 4,000 individual doses of potentially fatal heroin.

 

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.

 

Ruley was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment by Judge Brann for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

The case 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Rocktashel prosecuted the case.

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 to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 7, 2017