By Terri Hill | August 30, 2018
Federal authorities have charged a Pittsburgh man with selling large amounts of cocaine then using some the money he made to buy houses and also possessing a large weapons cache that included a fully automatic rifle.
According to the indictment unsealed Wednesday, Anthony Bentley, aka Poundcake, 43, of Pittsburgh, sold over five kilograms of cocaine from May 2015 to January 2016. He also faces money laundering and firearms charges.
The indictment alleges that between October 29, 2013, and July 8, 2015, Bently used almost $279,000 that he made from drug sales to purchase four houses. In one purchase made on May 23, 2014, Bently used a $156,649.01 cashier’s check to purchase a home in Pittsburgh.
Authorities allege they found 32 firearms and a large amount of ammunition in Bentley’s possession, including an AK-47 rifle and an M16 fully automatic machine gun. As a result of a previous conviction, Bently is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
In the indictment prosecutors gave Bently notice of their intention to seize $218,406 in cash, as well as other property including, three Rolex and two Movado watches that authorities say were purchased with money from drug sales.
Bently faces a possible sentence of life in prison and a fine that could exceed 1.5 million if convicted of all the charges.
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