News Release
January 21, 2009
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Man Gets 13 Year Sentence in Cocaine Case

JAN 21 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney W. WALTER WILKINS stated that Terrance Oneil Thomas, age 36, of Florence, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell to 13 years imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.    

On May 23, 2007, a Florence County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Thomas was a passenger.  After receiving consent to search the vehicle and passengers, officers found 63 grams of powder cocaine in Thomas’ pants.     

The case was investigated by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA, and Assistant United States Attorney Rose Mary Parham of the Florence office handled prosecution of the case.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at and takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.