Pittsburgh Benton, Anthony Bentley sentenced to prison for cocaine trafficking, money laundering and illegal possession of 32 firearms, including an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle and an M16 fully automatic machine gun
PITTSBURGH (STL.News) A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was convicted in federal court on his previous guilty guilty guilty number of conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, a number of distributions and possessions with intent to distribute cocaine The U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today that two cases of money laundering and one case of firearms and ammunition by a convicted criminal have been counted.
U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone was sentenced on February 18, 2021 Anthony Bentley, a / k / a Poundcake, 45, to four years imprisonment, followed by four years supervised release. Bentley has been incarcerated since his arrest on August 28, 2018.
In connection with his guilty plea on December 2, 2019, Bentley admitted that he had committed a drug trafficking conspiracy of 500 grams or more of cocaine powder between at least May 2015 and through January 2016 on October 20, 2015. He distributed about 489 grams of cocaine to a cooperating informant. Bentley further admitted that he laundered the proceeds of his cocaine trafficking through certain financial transactions related to the purchase of real estate in the Pittsburgh area, including a cashier’s check for $ 156,649.01 on May 23, 2014 on a commercial property in the Laketon Road was purchased, and a payment of $ 20,000 to purchase a residence on Curtis Street on July 8, 2015. Bentley, a previously convicted felon, also admitted to illegally possessing guns and ammunition used in the search Properties that he owned or controlled were recovered. The firearms recovered included an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle and an M16 fully automatic machine gun.
According to a written consent form, Bentley also assumed responsibility for money laundering related to three other real estate transactions in 2013 as well as for his possession of the machine gun. As part of his sentence, Bentley agreed to forfeit various items of jewelry and approximately $ 218,000 in cash that were confiscated during a search of his home. He also agreed to an additional forfeiture judgment of $ 75,000.
United States Assistant Attorney Eric G. Olshan is pursuing this case on behalf of the government.
This prosecution is the result of an investigation by the OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force). The task force consists of members from federal law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in collaboration with state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Allegheny County Police Department, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, multi-agency intelligence approach that leverages the strengths of law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels against criminal networks.