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Betsy C. Jividen

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November 4, 20009

Ohio Resident Sentenced to 5 Years
On “Crack” Cocaine Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 19 year old Cleveland, Ohio, resident was sentenced on November 2, 2009, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that DESMOND A. THOMAS was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by four years of supervised release. THOMAS entered a plea of guilty on July 30, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of “crack” cocaine on April 6, 2009, in Wheeling. As part of his plea, THOMAS admitted to distributing 22.61 grams of “crack” cocaine and agreed to forfeit $1,966 in admitted drug proceeds which was seized from him when he was arrested on April 16, 2009.

In the Spring of 2009, the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force was investigating multiple individuals and their distribution of crack cocaine in the North Wheeling and Woodsdale areas of Wheeling. The investigation revealed many of the individuals involved were from the Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan areas and were coming and going frequently. On April 16, 2009, after identifying THOMAS as one of the distributors, officers attempted to arrest THOMAS on a concealed weapon’s charge from the State of Ohio, THOMAS fled from the officers, throwing a baggie of suspected drugs as he was running. THOMAS was captured and the baggie, which contained individually wrapped bags of “crack” cocaine was recovered. THOMAS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Task Force consists of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.