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Detroit Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug and gun crimes according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Antonio Maurice Davis, 28, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Davis pled guilty to both charges in February.

“A toxic combination - Heroin, fentanyl and guns. He earned his prosecution,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said. “Great work by ATF and the Huntington PD.”

On May 15, 2019, officers with the Huntington Police Department (HPD) were conducting surveillance in the south side area of Huntington when they saw Davis wearing a bright blue jacket and black pants. Davis came out of an apartment building carrying several bags and placed the bags in the backseat area of a minivan, behind the driver, and then got into the front passenger seat of the minivan. The minivan backed out of the driveway and traveled east on 12th Avenue to 12th Street. At 11:57 a.m., officers in an HPD marked patrol car conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the 1400 block of Charleston Avenue after learning the driver had a suspended license. Immediately following the stop, officers approached the minivan. The officers smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the minivan. Both the driver and Davis were removed from the vehicle. Davis initially identified himself as Jonathon Maurice Mason. Officers later learned that his real name was Antonio Maurice Davis. An HPD K-9 unit was called to the scene, arriving at 12:13 p.m. During the exterior sniff, the K-9 positively indicated on the vehicle for the presence of drugs.

Officers searched the minivan and found a Hi Point 9mm rifle on the back floorboard behind the driver’s seat. The jacket that Davis was seen wearing was located in between the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat. Inside the jacket officers found a large amount of a white powdery substance in a plastic baggy. They also found a second plastic baggy that contained a white chunky substance. Other suspected narcotics were found in the jacket. Officers also located a gym bag behind the driver’s seat of the vehicle that contained three handguns, digital scales, multiple cellular telephones, ammunition and other evidentiary items of value. The powdery substance was analyzed and found to be approximately 38 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney R. Gregory McVey handled the prosecution.


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Updated June 1, 2020