Skip to main content
Press Release

Illinois Man Sentenced to Ten Years’ Imprisonment for Methamphetamine Possession on Amtrak

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

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Shawron Thomas, 47, of Calumet City, Illinois, was sentenced on September 16, 2022, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Thomas to 120 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, he will begin a five-year term of supervised release.

On January 16, 2021, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper doing routine interdiction work encountered Thomas on the Amtrak train in Omaha. Thomas had a suitcase at his feet below the seat in which he was sitting. The trooper and Thomas engaged in a conversation about Thomas’s travel, during which the trooper noticed signs of possible drug trafficking.

Thomas consented to have a drug detection canine sniff the suitcase. The canine alerted to the suitcase and it was searched. Inside, agents found seven bundles of methamphetamine weighing a total of 5,049 grams. One bundle, weighing 467 grams, was submitted to the crime laboratory for testing, which determined it was 100 percent pure methamphetamine. 

This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated September 20, 2022

Drug Trafficking