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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 8, 2018

First Defendant in Interstate Cocaine Trafficking Ring Sentenced

PITTSBURGH, Pa – A resident of Donora, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 35 months in jail, to be followed by three years of supervised release on his conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Davis is the first defendant to plead guilty and be sentenced in connection with the Mendoza/Lightfoot Drug Trafficking Organization Indictments. The cases against the 38 other co-defendants remain pending.

United States District Judge Mark Hornak imposed the sentence on Anthony Davis, age 41.

According to information presented to the court 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, marijuana, along with drug production and distribution materials at his personal home in Donora. Davis ran this operation with 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuted 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 8, 2018