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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact ELIZABETH MORSE
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Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Calum Thomas, age 20, and Christian Thomas, age 21, both of Annapolis, Maryland, on charges related to a scheme to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. The indictment was returned on September 7, 2017, and was unsealed on September 14, 2017.
The indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief Timothy J. Altomare of the Anne Arundel County Police; and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams.
According to the three-count indictment, the defendants allegedly distributed heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in and around Annapolis, Maryland. In addition, it is alleged that they robbed and attempted to rob other drug traffickers and their customers of drugs and drug proceeds, as well as burglarized residences to steal drugs.
The federal charge include overt acts to further the drug trafficking operation, to include the homicide of a 55-year-old man that occurred on January 2, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland. The defendants allegedly utilized a Hermann Weihrauch, .357 caliber Magnum, model EA/R, six-shot revolver. The victim had no ties to illegal activity.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy. Christian Thomas faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years imprisonment, up to life, for possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Calum Thomas faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, up to life, for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Detention hearings will be held today at 2 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Both defendants remain detained.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the ATF, Anne Arundel County Police and the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Gardner and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Goo who are prosecuting the case.