CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced a poly-drug trafficker to 10 years in prison late yesterday, announced Dena J. king, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the term of incarceration, Deion Rashaad Thompson, 29, of Charlotte, was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release.
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, between January 2021 and June 2022, law enforcement conducting an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking networks in Charlotte, identified Thompson as a local drug distributor. Court records show that law enforcement working in an undercover capacity and with cooperating individuals arranged multiple controlled buys of illicit narcotics with Thompson, including fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and cocaine base. One of the drug transactions occurred at a residence in Charlotte known to law enforcement from numerous drug overdoses that had occurred there.
On March 10, 2023, Thompson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, three counts of distribution of fentanyl, and one count of distribution of methamphetamine.
Thompson is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King credited the Western District’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and thanked the FBI and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for their investigative efforts.
OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles criminal organizations using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ocdetf.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfredo De La Rosa of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.