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Dallas Man is Sentenced to Serve a Total of 25 Years in Federal Prison on Drug and Firearm Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

DALLAS A Dallas man who was convicted at trial last year on all counts of a superseding indictment charging drug trafficking and firearm offenses was sentenced on Thursday to a lengthy federal prison term, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas and U.S. Attorney John M. Bales of the Eastern District of Texas.

Thomas Earl Wright, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to serve a total of 300 months in federal prison.  He was convicted, following a five-day trial in September 2015, on one count of possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to documents filed in the case and evidence presented at trial, officers with the Dallas Police Department responded to a welfare complaint about children coming and going from a narcotics stash house on Packard Street in Dallas.  When officers arrived at the residence, they encountered Wright, with bundles of cash stuffed in his pockets, leaving the residence through its back door.  When Wright’s co-defendant, Eric Tyrone Harris, opened the front door to the residence when officers knocked, officers noted a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the residence.  A juvenile was at the front door with Harris, and officers removed the child from the residence and released him to a parent.

Law enforcement secured a search warrant and found multiple kilograms of cocaine located in a suitcase in a utility room, more than 100 pounds of marijuana in a bedroom closet and approximately $30,000 in cash — $3,000 in Wright’s pockets and $27,000 in cash beneath a mattress.  In addition, they located three firearms in the residence.

Harris pleaded guilty in April 2015 to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced last month by Judge Boyle to 100 months in federal prison.

The Dallas Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Plano Police Department investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Errin Martin of the Northern District of Texas and Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Rattan of the Eastern District of Texas prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 4, 2016

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