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Aliquippa Felon Admits to Possessing Cocaine, a Firearm and Ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A Beaver County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Antoine Cummings, age 37, of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in September 2019, the Beaver County Drug Task Force and Aliquippa Police Department searched an apartment in which Cummings was living. During the search, law enforcement officers found and seized around 51 grams of powder cocaine, a loaded Smith and Wesson 40 caliber pistol, ammunition, and over $5,800, all possessed by Cummings. Because Cummings had prior felony convictions, including one for drug trafficking, he was a person not to possess a firearm and ammunition.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for April 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm. For the charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, the law provides for a total sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $2,000,000, or both. For the charge of felon in possession, the law provides for a total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered that Cummings be detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Brian M. Czarnecki is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Beaver County Drug Task Force led the multi-agency investigation of this case. Other agencies involved in the investigation include the Beaver County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, and the Aliquippa Police Department.

Updated November 24, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses