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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 14, 2022

Penn Hills Cocaine Kingpin Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Penn Hills, PA, has been sentenced in federal court to 11 years' imprisonment on his conviction of federal narcotics charges, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Jamie Lightfoot, Jr, 29. 

According to information presented to the court, Lightfoot acquired large quantities of cocaine from Florida, New York and California between January of 2015 and November of 2017, and then distributed that cocaine to other drug dealers in Western Pennsylvania. On November 5, 2017, the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police seized 51 kilos of cocaine from a recreational vehicle which was parked in Lightfoot’s driveway, and which had been driven there by one of Lightfoot’s suppliers earlier that day.

United States Attorney Chung commended 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, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lightfoot, Jr.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 10, 2022