Shawn Thomas : “Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute 50+ Kilograms of Marijuana”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr has made an announcement regarding the sentencing of Shawn Thomas, a 34-year-old resident of Roseville, California. Thomas has been convicted of conspiracy to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana and was sentenced on November 29, 2023, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska. United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher handed down a 60-month imprisonment term for Thomas, emphasizing that there is no possibility of parole in the federal system. Furthermore, after completing his prison sentence, Thomas will be subjected to a three-year period of supervised release.

The identification of Thomas’ involvement in drug distribution arose from an ongoing investigation targeting his co-conspirators. Over a span of approximately two years, from October 2018 to December 2020, Thomas and his associates were consistently shipping multi-pound packages of marijuana from Sacramento, California, to Omaha. Once in Omaha, the drugs would be distributed by other members of the conspiracy. These shipments were cleverly concealed using the United States mail and commercial shipping services such as FedEx. Authorities managed to seize a significant 22.5-pound package of marijuana from a residence in Omaha on December 18, 2020. At the time of the search, Thomas was found inside the residence along with three co-defendants.

The prosecution presented evidence, including FedEx shipping records and cell phone messages exchanged between the conspirators, directly linking Thomas to the mailing of these packages. During the sentencing hearing, Judge Buescher determined that Thomas was responsible for conspiring to distribute a minimum of 100 kilograms (equivalent to 220.4 pounds) of marijuana.

Earlier this year, the three co-defendants involved in this case were also sentenced. Aarion Jenkins and Marques Eiland, both residents of Omaha, received sentences of 40 months and 31 months, respectively. Julio Ayala, from Sacramento, was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment.

The investigation leading to these convictions was a collaborative effort involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Omaha Police Department, and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. This case is a manifestation of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) initiative, which aims to identify, disrupt, and dismantle high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that pose a threat to the United States. The OCDETF program follows a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach, leveraging the combined strength of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat criminal networks. For more information about the OCDETF Program, please visit the official website at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

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