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Elberta Man Sentenced in Federal Court on Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges

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

MOBILE, AL – An Elberta, Alabama, man was sentenced today, to 72 months in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine ice and for his possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking felony.

According to court documents, Donald Ray Thomas, 42, distributed methamphetamine ice he obtained from various suppliers in Baldwin County, Alabama, and in Pensacola, Florida.   Thomas was distributing the drugs from various places in the county, including a business where he worked in Foley.

Chief United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed the 72-month sentence, which consisted of 12 months on the drug charge and 60 months on the gun charge, to run consecutively.  Chief Judge Dubose further ordered that Thomas would also serve five years on supervised release following his imprisonment.  As conditions of his supervision, Thomas will undergo testing and treatment for drug abuse and a mental health evaluation, and he will be subject to a search of his person and premises upon reasonable suspicion.  No fine was imposed but Chief Judge Dubose ordered that Thomas pay $200 in special assessments. 

The case was investigated by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Baldwin County Drug Task Force, and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gloria Bedwell prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated August 12, 2021