Last Prisoner Project: Former Attorney Daniel Muessig Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison For Cannabis Distribution

Yesterday, March 8th 2022, Daniel Muessig was sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by 4 years supervised release, and a fine of $50,000. This was his first and only conviction.

As a Last Prisoner Project constituent, our staff will be working with Daniel to do everything within our power to right this injustice.

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The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab imposed the term, the mandatory minimum, along with a $50,000 fine and four years of probation.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab

Muessig, 40, of Squirrel Hill, had enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame in 2014 with a YouTube ad touting his ability to “think like a criminal.”

The video — featuring some of his pals goofily pretending to be criminals and saying, “Thanks, Dan!” for his help in springing them — generated worldwide buzz at the time.


But it apparently was no boast because Muessig is indeed a criminal.

He pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and possession of marijuana following a 2019 investigation by an FBI task force.

Muessig admitted that his apartment on Covode Street was a stash house and base of operations for a major drug ring.

Federal agents identified Muessig as a marijuana supplier after a wiretap investigation in 2019 on a phone used by Chadlin Leavy, a drug dealer from Wilkins who supplied heroin and cocaine to the SCO gang in Braddock headed by Howard McFadden, of Turtle Creek.

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Other Media Reports


Man With No Criminal History Gets 5-Year Sentence for Selling Weed

The federal mandatory minimum didn’t leave many options.

Man With No Criminal History Gets 5-Year Sentence for Selling Weed