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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Donora Man Pleads Guilty to Operating a Cocaine Stash House for Drug Trafficking Organization

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Donora, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a narcotics charge, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Anthony Davis, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine before United States District Judge Mark Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from approximately April 2017 to December 2017, Anthony Davis operated a cocaine "stash house" for the Mendoza/Lightfoot Drug Trafficking Organization. Davis stored large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, along with drug production and distribution materials, at his personal home in Donora. Davis ran this operation with alleged Mendoza/Lightfoot DTO member and co-defendant Brandon Thomas.

On December 13, 2017, FBI Special Agents, Task Force Officers, as well as members of the Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant at Davis’ home. During the search, investigators recovered approximately five ounces of cocaine, large amounts of marijuana, approximately $11,025 in cash, and a large hydraulic kilo press in the basement of Davis’ home. As part of his guilty plea, Davis agreed to forfeit the items seized at his home on that day.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for June 8, 2018. The law provides for a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior record, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation - The Monongahela Valley Residential Agency, and the Pennsylvania State Police, with assistance from the South Strabane Police Department, the Elizabeth Borough Police Department, the Penn Hills Police Department and the Perryopolis Police Department, conducted the investigation that led to the guilty plea in this case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 1, 2018