20-year-old Sheridan resident Joshua Thomas was sentenced on two separate charges Tuesday in 4th Judicial District Court in Sheridan.
Thomas was arrested in November of last year in Sheridan for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance.
Investigators learned that he had made a number of trips to California and Colorado, where he had obtained large quantities of marijuana to bring back for distribution in Sheridan.
The State called Special Agent Jason Ruby with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to the stand to testify that Thomas had indeed traveled out of state to bring back marijuana, that he had also been sending packages through the mail and that he was arrested in possession of seven pounds of marijuana and was responsible for selling twelve pounds in the Sheridan area.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Darci Arsene expressed to the Court that the defendant's refusal to work with DCI agents regarding an investigation of one of his friends was a clear sign that Thomas didn't want to burn any bridges with the drug community, and that the Court should take that into consideration when handing down the sentences.
When Thomas addressed the Court, he stated that his reluctance to cooperate with DCI on an investigation into one of his acquaintances was not because he wanted to keep his drug ties or to show his loyalty to his friends in the drug world, but rather that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions and didn't understand how doing a controlled buy for DCI would make what he had done any less of a reality.
District Court Judge John Fenn sentenced Thomas to 4 to 7 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 on the Possession With Intent to Deliver Charge. Thomas received the same sentence on the Conspiracy to Deliver charge, which will run concurrently with Count One.
While the prison time may be concurrent, Thomas must pay a $5,000 fine for both crimes.