Detroit man sentenced to 10 years for his involvement in an oxycodone distribution operation


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Date: January 28, 2020


CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Terry Thomas, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to 121 months incarceration for multiple charges involving an oxycodone distribution operation that spanned two states and four North Central West Virginia counties.

Thomas, also known as "Top," pled guilty to one count of "Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone," one count of "Money Laundering Conspiracy," 19 counts of "Distribution of Oxycodone," 11 counts of "Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Oxycodone," and one count of "Distribution of Cocaine Base" in October 2019. Thomas, the ringleader of the operation, worked with his co-conspirators to distribute more than 500,000 oxycodone pills in Monongalia County and elsewhere for four years, from the summer of 2013 to June 2017.

The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, led the investigation. The Task Force consists of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Monongalia County Sheriff's Office, Morgantown Police Department, the Star City Police Department, the West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia University Police Department, the Granville Police Department, and the Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Of the 34 indicted in this case, all have entered guilty pleas. Twenty-nine defendants have been sentenced to a combined 580 months incarceration.