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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Moss Point Man Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Federal Prison for Crack and Cocaine Conspiracy

Gulfport, Miss. – Thomas Earl Armstrong, 42, of Moss Point, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 109 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Mississippi. Armstrong was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. He pled guilty before Judge Guirola on July 31, 2018.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force in Pascagoula started investigating Armstrong after learning he was involved with selling narcotics in Jackson County. Among other things, the FBI used a confidential informant to purchase cocaine and crack from Armstrong on at least three separate occasions. During the investigation, agents learned Armstrong was selling narcotics to numerous individuals. It was also learned that Armstrong instructed individuals to come to his house in Moss Point where he would sell them crack or cocaine.

The case was investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated December 19, 2018