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Alabama man indicted for using Federal Express to traffick cocaine

December 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Alabama man indicted for using Federal Express to traffick cocaine

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The feds have indicted an Alabama man in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy that involved using the Federal Express delivery service to distribute drugs illegally.

In an announcement made on Wednesday, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office along with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said a federal grand jury returned a four-count indicted Thomas Blanks II, 39, of Tuscaloosa, on charges of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine from March through May of 2016 and the promoting of illegal drug distribution.

Additionally, Blanks also faces possession of multiple firearms and ammunition by a twice-convicted felon, and use of an interstate commerce company to promote illegal drug distribution in connection with using Fed-Ex to send and receive illegal narcotics.

Court records indicate Blanks was previously convicted of first-degree marijuana possession in 2015 and possession of a firearm in 2009.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million dollar fine for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and for distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Furthermore, Blanks faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon and a maximum of five years in prison and $250, 000 fine for using Federal Express to facilitate unlawful activity.

Officials said the indictment stemmed from a joint investigation involving the ATF in Alabama and the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force.

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