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Memphis Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – A local man has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. D. Michael Dunavant, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, in June of 2017, defendant Christopher Thompson, 32, was stopped for a routine traffic stop. During the course of that traffic stop, law enforcement discovered heroin, a digital scale, and a large amount of money on the defendant. Evidence proved Thompson was a daily distributor of heroin in the Nutbush area of Memphis.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Our district opioid strategy focuses on those suppliers who are causing addiction, injury, and death by the illegal distribution of heroin. This case demonstrates our commitment to save lives by removing these dangerous drug dealers from our streets. If you are selling poison to our citizens, your days are numbered."

On February 14, 2018, Thompson pleaded guilty to the charges. On August 8, 2018, U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr., sentenced Thompson to 120 months in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Memphis Police Department – Organized Crime Unit.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Griffith prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated August 10, 2018