Terry Thomas

Loaded AR-15 found at home of suspected fentanyl dealer

A local man was arrested by federal law enforcement after agents found more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a loaded AR-15 with extended magazine, cash and suspected drug trafficking equipment in a Huber Heights residence.

Terry L. Thomas, 40, is in custody and named as a defendant in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) criminal complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Thomas is in Butler County Jail after being arrested in the early hours of July 4. The DEA complaint lists possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl as the potential charge.

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Thomas had his initial appearance on Tuesday, and federal prosecutors asked for pretrial detention. That hearing was scheduled for today. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 17.

The complaint written by DEA special agent Steve Lucas alleged Thomas received fentanyl from two Hispanic males in a Tipp City residence where a search warrant netted three kilograms of fentanyl, $150,000 in cash and cell phones.

A photograph of Thomas’ driver’s license was located during a search of the cell phones. A confidential informant told agents that Thomas had delivered large amounts of cash to the Tipp City residence.

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Lucas wrote that he observed Thomas visit 5287 Coco Drive in Huber Heights several times before DEA agents searched the residence last Monday. Thomas was served with the search warrants and had a key to the residence on his key ring.

Agents found more than 400 grams (14.1 ounces), several firearms including the AR-15 with extended magazine, a suspected drug press, cutting agents, scale, bags and a “large amount of U.S. currency,” Lucas wrote.

The complaint noted that Thomas was convicted of trafficking more than five kilos of cocaine in a 2017 federal case.

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Thomas was sentenced to 140 months in prison, but that sentence was reduced to 120 months in 2015 by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice.

Thomas has had only misdemeanor court cases involving traffic violations in the past couple years, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records.


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