Thursday, July 15, 2021

Clairton Man Arrested for Violating Federal Drug and Gun Laws following Investigation Led by the Allegheny County Police Department

 PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania - A resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, has been arrested in Clairton on charges of violating federal firearm and narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The criminal complaint named Darryl Craig, 41, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant. Craig made an initial appearance today in U.S. District Court. A preliminary examination and detention hearing are scheduled for Monday, July 19, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy.

According to the complaint, investigators obtained a search warrant for Craig’s Mitchell Avenue residence. When they were executing the search warrant, they encountered Craig leaving the residence from a basement stairwell. They took Craig into custody for an active bench warrant from the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. In the course of their search, investigators found two semi-automatic handguns, several live rounds of ammunition for various different calibers, magazines, boxes for both a weapon mounted light and optic, body armor, approximately thirteen ounces of mixtures and substances the field-tested positive for cocaine some of which is suspected to be powder cocaine and some of which is suspected to be cocaine base in the form commonly known as crack, approximately twelve ounces of suspected marijuana, approximately six grams of suspected ecstasy pills, several pieces of indicia addressed to Darryl Craig at this residence, $58,351 in US currency, eight cellular telephones, keys to a Mercedes Benz belonging to Darryl Craig, and copious amounts of drug paraphernalia associated with processing, manufacturing, and packaging of both cocaine and crack cocaine for sale. Craig has prior felony convictions in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for carrying a firearm without a license and for the manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

For the drug charge, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million or both if Mr. Craig is convicted. For the firearm charge, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, if Mr. Craig is convicted. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Mr. Craig is being detained pending a detention hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Ira M. Karoll is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police Department is leading the investigation and has been assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive, the Clairton Police Department, and the Elizabeth Township Police Department in conducting the investigation, leading to the arrest of Mr. Craig.

A criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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