Penn Hills man accused of illegal gun and drug sales, money laundering
A Pittsburgh man was indicted by a federal grand jury of illegally having and selling a guns, including a machine gun, and drugs.
Anthony “Poundcake” Bentley, 43, of Curtis Street, is the only person named in the 9-count indictment that was made public Tuesday.
Bentley is accused of trading or selling guns and ammunition even though he isn’t legally allowed to have either.
The 32 guns authorities accuse Bentley of having or selling include 23 handguns, a fully-automatic Colt rifle, and eight other rifles or shotguns.
Prosecutors allege that, between May 2015 to January 2016, Bentley also engaged in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving 11 pounds or more of cocaine.
He also is accused of buying a commercial property at on Laketon Drive in Penn Hills for about $156,000; $86,000 for his house on Curtis Street; $25,000 for an Idelwild Street house in Pittsburgh, and about $14,000 for property at Iowa Street, also in the city, in an attempt to launder his illegal money.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric G. Olshan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
A federally-administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted the investigation. The task force included officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Allegheny County Police Department, Pittsburgh Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police.