Feds: Pittsburgh man charged with selling cocaine, having 32 guns

September 25, 2018
Anthony Bentley, 43, of Pittsburgh, pictured in 2007, faces nine weapons and drug counts. Photo courtesy of Allegheny County Jail.

A Pittsburgh man facing drug and weapons charges allegedly had an AK-47, a fully automatic M16 machine gun and 30 other weapons in his possession, according to a federal grand jury indictment announced Thursday.

Anthony Bentley, 43, known as “Poundcake,” faces nine counts including possessing the weapons, selling and conspiring to sell cocaine and laundering money, according to a Department of Justice news release. Bentley’s indictment was unsealed Tuesday, according to the release.

Bentley, a convicted felon, conspired to sell at least five kilograms of cocaine from May 2015 to about January 2016, according to the release.

He was involved with laundering money five times from 2013 through 2015, including real estate deals, the release said.

He 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.

He faces at least 10 years in prison if found guilty on the conspiracy charge, with a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million. The other charges could considerably increase the sentence and fine.