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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Gulfport Man Sentenced to 103 Months in Federal Prison for Prescription Drug Conspiracy


Gulfport, Miss. – Tyrone Leonard Thomas, Jr., 37, of Gulfport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 103 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam. Thomas was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

On October 18, 2017, Thomas pled guilty to conspiring with others to distribute several controlled substances, including but not limited to oxycodone, hydrocodone, and amphetamine. Thomas was involved in a conspiracy ring that started in 2014 and ended in June, 2017. He and two other coworkers of Gulf Oaks Mental Health Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, conspired to take prescription pads from the facility and write fraudulent prescriptions for numerous individuals in the community. Thomas helped recruit people to come to the clinic and get fraudulent prescriptions in their name. He admitted that people paid for the fraudulent prescriptions. Thomas also had at least two fraudulent prescriptions written in his own name.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.

Updated February 28, 2018