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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Bakersfield West Side Crip Member Sentenced to Over 20 Years in Prison for Narcotics Trafficking

FRESNO, Calif. — Tommie Thomas, 37, of Bakersfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd on Tuesday to 20 years and six months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, on Dec. 14, 2017, after a 10-month investigation, more than 35 members and associates of the West Side Crips, a local criminal street gang, were arrested on federal and state charges including burglary, illegal gun possession, drug sales, and murder. On April 4, 2019, a second superseding indictment charged Thomas, a West Side Crip member also known as “Tapp,” and co-conspirators with drug trafficking offenses. Since the December 2017 arrests, all defendants in federal custody have either been convicted of or have pleaded guilty to charged offenses.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Justice, the Bakersfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Angela Scott and Thomas Newman are prosecuting the case.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF Program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
1:17-cr-296 DAD
Updated June 17, 2020