(STL.News) – A former resident of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to serve a total sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment on his conviction for violating the federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Landon Alexander Gatta, age 24, formerly of Aliquippa, for the crimes of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to information presented to the Court, on November 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit served a search warrant at the Defendant’s residence located on McLean Street in Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. There, investigators recovered approximately fifty (50) grams of a fentanyl-heroin mixture, a large sum of U.S. currency, and a loaded, stolen . 40 caliber semi-automatic Glock pistol, which Gatta admitted to possessing in furtherance of the charged drug trafficking crime. Federal law prohibits Gatta, a felon previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County of the crime of possession with intent to distribute heroin, from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
The Court further ordered that following the Defendant’s release from incarceration, he be placed on a term of supervised release for a period of four years and that certain property be forfeited to the United States, namely the seized 40 caliber Glock pistol, the 40 caliber ammunition, and approximately $70,000 in U.S. Currency that was recovered by the Pennsylvania State Police during the investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.