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Heroin kingpin convicted of federal drug trafficking, money laundering charges in Nashville

July 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Heroin kingpin convicted of federal drug trafficking, money laundering charges in Nashville

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Reputed drug kingpin Ricky “Boom” Thompson who was the focus of a multi-state heroin and cocaine trafficking operation, has been convicted by a federal jury in Nashville after a trial lasting two weeks.

The 43-year-old Ohio native was found guilty on Friday of conspiring to distribute over 1 kilo of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, conspiring to launder money, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and conspiring to intimidate witnesses.

Heroin distributed through Thompson’s enterprise resulted in multiple heroin-related overdoses in Tennessee and the lethal overdose of a woman in Ohio, The Tennessean reported.

Thompson managed a drug trafficking ring that sold drugs in Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Florida, and Arizona. He and four additional suspects were charged in the case over the last two years.

Ricky “Boom” Thompson, 43, of Toledo, Ohio, was convicted Friday of conspiracy to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, conspiracy to commit money laundering, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit witness intimidation.

He is facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years to life behind bars. His sentencing is scheduled for November.

In 2015, agents with a DEA task force carried out multiple search warrants in Nashville that resulted in the seizure of roughly 300 grams of heroin and cocaine in a “stash house maintained by Thompson’,” a news release from Jack Smith, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, revealed.

Police arrested 30-year-old Justin Clements and 28-year-old Tiffany Wright, both of Nashville, along with John Rupley, 35, and, Derek Gilligan, 25, of Toledo.

All four suspects have pleaded guilty and are awaiting to be sentenced.

Prosecutors said that after the arrests in 2015, Gilligan tried to warn Thompson that police had identified him as the operation’s leaders.

In 2016, agents with DEA, FBI and Toledo police issued search warrants at four locations managed by Thompson, and seized eight firearms, over $200,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, crack-cocaine, pot, and Suboxone, along with five cars and $10,000 in cash.

Police say after Ricky “Boom” Thompson was arrested and was transferred to Nashville, he continued to direct members of the trafficking ring in Toledo to “intimidate and harass persons whom he discovered had been subpoenaed to testify,” the U.S. attorney’s office revealed.

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