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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Davenport Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Crack and for Illegally Possessing a Firearm


DAVENPORT, IA - On December 14, 2016, Antonio Deshawn Thomas, age 38, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 188 months in prison on the charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine and to 120 months for the charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, announced United States Attorney Kevin VanderSchel.  The two sentences will run concurrently with one another.  Thomas was ordered to serve four years of supervised release following his imprisonment and to pay $200 to the Crime Victims’ Fund. 

On July 25, 2016, Thomas pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that between September 1, 2015, and November 7, 2015, he was part of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in the Quad Cities area, and that on November 6, 2015, he was in possession of a firearm.  The charges were the result of an investigation by the Davenport Police Department, which resulted in the execution of search warrants at two Davenport residences.  At one residence, officers found approximately 40 grams of crack cocaine, 32 grams of powder cocaine and a .38 caliber handgun.  At the other, officers found approximately 56 grams of crack cocaine.  Thomas was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to multiple prior felony convictions from Rock Island County, Illinois. 

This matter was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.




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Updated December 14, 2016