Greenville Man Sentenced to Prison for Gun Possession and Drug Distribution

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Oxford, MS – A Greenville man was sentenced on Friday to 9 years and 2 months in prison for selling illegal narcotics and for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense.

According to court documents, Danny Thomas, 49, of Greenville, Mississippi, was charged in two separate indictments with one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and four counts of distribution of cocaine, as well as one count of possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Thomas plead guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of distribution of cocaine, and to possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense. U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson sentenced Thomas to a total of 110 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Thomas, who was detained pending trial, was remanded into custody of the U.S. Marshals following sentencing.

This office is committed to working alongside our local, state and federal partners to see that those individuals who commit gun crimes and distribute drugs in our communities are held accountable for their actions,” stated U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “Today’s sentence is one more step towards making our neighborhoods safer.”

Following the sentencing, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jermicha L. Fomby commented: “Drugs are one of the driving forces of violent crime. We will not relent in our efforts to make Mississippi a safer place for all who live in or visit our great State. This sentencing should serve as a reminder that the FBI, as well as our state and local partners, will bring violent criminals to justice.”

The FBI, Greenville Police Department, and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by AUSA Robert Mims.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.