Two Get Prison Time for Drug Counts

Dale A. Davis is facing five-to-20 years in a federal prison after admitting to selling cocaine and heroin from a Wheeling hotel and to having illegal firearms.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Davis, 36, of Wheeling – also known as “Big Loc” – pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frederick Stamp to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Ihlenfeld, who prosecuted the case, said in August, the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force used an informant to make controlled purchases of cocaine and heroin from Davis at the Knights Inn-formerly the Wheeling Inn-on Main Street in Wheeling.

After the purchases were made, task force members obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and reportedly found a 9-mm pistol, cocaine, heroin and approximately $2,400 in cash.

In an unrelated case, Stamp sentenced Daniel Banks, 37, of Wheeling, to three years, 10 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location, as well as violations of his supervised release. ‘Stamp also ordered Banks to forfeit $2,565 in proceeds from his illegal drug activity.

Banks remains in custody pending designation to a federal prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force.