For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
, United States Attorney
Scott W. Brady
Aliquippa Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing 50 Grams of Heroin-Fentanyl Mixture and a Stolen Glock Pistol
Philadelphia Field Division
PITTSBURGH – A Beaver County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to violations of the federal firearms and narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Landon Alexander Gatta, 23, of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today before Senior District Judge Joy Flowers Conti to the three-count Indictment charging Gatta with possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a fentanyl-heroin mixture, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on November 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania State Police searched Gatta’s residence in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, pursuant to a search warrant in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation. There, investigators recovered approximately 50 grams of a heroin-fentanyl mixture, a large sum of U.S. currency, and a loaded, stolen .40 caliber semi-automatic Glock pistol. 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.
Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for September 24, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $5,500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
The Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation leading to the plea in this case.