Venetia man accused of dealing cocaine found with 16 guns

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A Venetia man who already faced charges of cocaine distribution was charged late Wednesday with being a felon in possession of 16 firearms and is scheduled to plead guilty May 31.

Francis Mario Tinsley, 36, was convicted of possession with intent to deliver drugs in 1997, and that felony means he's not allowed to have a gun. He had pleaded not guilty to 2012 charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack.

Nonetheless, he had an E.R. Amantino Boito 12 gauge shotgun, three Mossberg model 500 12 gauge shotguns, a Remington Arms 760 and 721 rifles, a Heckler and Koch .45 caliber pistol, a Glock .40 caliber pistol, a Universal Firearms .30 caliber rifle, a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol, a Winchester 20 gauge shotgun, a Walther P99 .40 caliber pistol, an Izhmash Saiga .223 caliber rifle, a Marlin Firearms .22 caliber rifle, an Auto Ordnance .45 caliber rifle and a Western Arms 12 gauge shotgun, according to a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court.

In addition to sentencing, the government seeks forfeiture of the weapons.

Tinsley runs Tinsley Transport, which carries vehicles for car dealers, according to court filings.

Mr. Tinsley's attorney, Chris Rand Eyster, declined comment.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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