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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Jamie Lightfoot, Jr. Pleads Guilty to Running One of the Largest Drug Trafficking Organizations in Pittsburgh-Area History

PITTSBURGH – A leader of one of the largest Drug Trafficking Organizations to operate in the Pittsburgh area has pleaded guilty to federal narcotics and firearm charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Jamie Lightfoot, Jr., 27, formerly of Verona, PA (Penn Hills) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime before Chief United States District Court Judge Mark R. Hornak. In all, Lightfoot, Jr. accepted responsibility for between 50 kilograms and 150 kilograms of cocaine. Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for January 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.  Lightfoot, Jr. has been detained since his initial appearance and will remain detained pending sentencing.

According to information presented to the court, from January 2015 to November 5, 2017, Jamie Lightfoot, Jr. conspired with others to import large quantities of cocaine and marijuana into Western Pennsylvania. The drugs would be driven to his Harvest Drive home from out of state in a Mercedes Sprinter ‘Sno Cold’ Van and eventually a large RV. Once the drugs came into Western Pennsylvania, Lightfoot and his co-conspirators would use his residence and other locations to break down, repackage, and distribute the drugs to co-conspirators in almost every region of Western Pennsylvania.

On November 5, 2017, an FBI and Pennsylvania State Police Task Force executed a search warrant at Lightfoot’s residence after the RV arrived at the location. The search netted 52 kilograms of cocaine and heroin, 85 pounds of marijuana, illegal steroids, three firearms, and nearly a million dollars in cash. Lightfoot, Jr. pleaded guilty to possessing of one of the firearms, which was found in the house, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. As part of his plea, Lightfoot, Jr. agreed to forfeit all of the US Currency seized at the house as well as any interest in his Harvest Drive residence.

The law provides for a combined maximum sentence of not less than 15 years in prison and up to a maximum of life and/or a fine of not more than $10,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Timothy M. Lanni and Shaun Sweeney are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation 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 Indictment in this case.

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated August 1, 2019