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S.C. man sentenced for gun, drug possession

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A South Charleston man who stashed a loaded handgun in a toddler's bed will spend the next two years in federal prison after admitting he also had drugs and cash in his home.

Thomas Henry Banks Jr., 40, on Tuesday was sentenced to 27 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.

Banks, also known as "Fat Cat," pleaded guilty in June 2012 to possession of Opana and Roxicodone with intent to distribute, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Metro Drug Unit officers received a tip concerning illegal prescription drugs at Banks' home and went to investigate in January 2011.

Detectives found 165 40-milligram Opana pills, 81 30-milligram Roxicodone pills and $2,851 in proceeds from drug sales in Banks' bedroom. 

They also found a fully loaded .38-caliber pistol hidden in a toddler's bed, according to the statement.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica Coleman handled prosecution.

 


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