HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit man pled guilty to federal drug and gun crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Antonio Maurice Davis, 28, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a mixture of heroin and fentanyl and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
“Just plain deadly – heroin, fentanyl and guns,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “We are steadfast in our commitment to hold violent, out-of-state drug dealers accountable for the chaos and despair they have caused in our communities.”
On May 15, 2019, officers with the Huntington Police Department were conducting surveillance in the south side area of Huntington when they saw Davis wearing a bright blue jacket and black pants. Davis came out of an apartment building carrying several bags and placed the bags in the backseat area of a minivan, behind the driver, and then got into the front passenger seat of the minivan. The minivan backed out of the driveway and travelled east on 12th Avenue to 12th Street. Huntington Police Officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the 1400 block of Charleston Avenue after learning the driver had a suspended license. Immediately following the stop, officers approached the minivan. The officers smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the minivan. Both the driver and Davis were removed from the vehicle. Davis initially identified himself as Jonathon Maurice Mason. Officers later learned that his real name was Antonio Maurice Davis. A K9 unit that was called to the scene positively indicated on the vehicle for the presence of drugs.
Officers then searched the minivan. During the search, they located a High-Point 9mm rifle on the back floorboard behind the drivers’ seat. The jacket that Davis was seen wearing was located in between the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat. Inside the jacket officers found a large amount of a white powdery substance in a plastic baggy. They also found a second plastic baggy that contained a white chunky substance. Other suspected narcotics were also located in the jacket. Officers also located a gym bag behind the drivers’ seat of the vehicle. Inside the gym bag, officers located 3 handguns, digital scales, multiple cellular telephones, ammunition and other evidentiary items of value. The powdery substance was analyzed and found to be approximately 38 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.
Davis faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine on the drug charge and mandatory 5 years to life on the gun charge, which must run consecutively to the drug charge. Davis is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2020.
United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey is handling the prosecution.