From the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore:
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Victor Andre Thomas, a/k/a “Flak,” and “Flat,” age 40, of Abingdon, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Judge Bennett enhanced Thomas’ sentence based on two previous drug convictions.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Field Division; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane; Chief Henry Trabert of the Aberdeen Police Department; and Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly.
According to evidence presented during Thomas’ seven day trial, during an investigation being conducted by the Harford County Task Force (HCTF), calls were intercepted between Thomas and several co-conspirators in which Thomas negotiated the sale of both powder and crack cocaine. As a result of the intercepted calls, law enforcement was able to observe meetings between Thomas and several of his co-conspirators conducting drug transactions.
At trial, dozens of calls between Thomas and his co-conspirators were played in which Thomas, using coded language, arranged to sell crack cocaine in amounts ranging from 3.5 grams to 28 grams. The calls reflected salestotaling more than 112 grams of crack. On May 4, 2010, Thomas was arrested after meeting with an individual to conduct a drug deal. Seized from Thomas’s vehicle at that time was crack cocaine. A subsequent search of two residences associated with Thomas recovered four small baggies of crack cocaine, digital scales, drug packaging materials and paraphernalia, as well as several thousand dollars in cash, bundled in a fashion used by drug dealers.
The jury found that Thomas was guilty of conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack and less than 500 grams of powder cocaine.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Maryland State Police, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Police Department, and Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted the case.
why would they not wait for him to “re-up” his supply and get his source? 28 grams is not very much. Seems like much to do for a low level dealer. but, still one less prick on the streets, so good job!
Wasting my time says
The federal system has charging levels. He could have sold a lot more, but the government only had to prove 28 grams for the same sentence.
Thank you for pointing that out. The article does say that he was “convicted of selling 28 grams or more”..
He is off the street and out of our lives for awhile. Good job to all of the front line Officers who took him down.
tru dat says
Typical Jesse Bane–everyone else does the work and he shows up for the photo shoot and takes credit.
Zakk Masters says
I’m happy to see they are working on the dealers in our county. I see reports of this type every so often. What I don’t understand is why multiple reports of drug deals/selling have been going on daily for years at 3202 Melde Ct in Jarrettsville and nothing has been done about it. Seems Jarrettsville is to “upscale” to bother with, as the police are much to busy in Aberdeen………….hummmmm maybe this is where they are getting it!