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Press Release

Charleston Man Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Gun and Drug Crimes

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced today to 72 months in prison for gun and drug crimes including distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to court documents, Rahmell Rashaad Thomas, 32, sold approximately four ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential informant from his residence in Charleston on March 5, 2020.  Shortly after that transaction, law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for the same residence and conducted a search.  Approximately 341 additional grams of methamphetamine were located inside along with a Lorcin .380 semi-automatic pistol and United States currency.  Thomas later admitted to possessing those items, and to selling methamphetamine in the Charleston area for at least three months prior to his arrest.  He admitted to obtaining methamphetamine in one pound increments from a source in Morgantown which he would then bring back to Charleston to sell.  Thomas has a prior felony conviction in the state of New York for attempted assault in the second degree which prohibits him from possessing firearms. 

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston for the Southern District of West Virginia made the announcement and commended the work of the  Charleston Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Marshals Service.

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe handled the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:20-cr-00074.




Updated April 22, 2021

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