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Lancaster Co. man sentenced to 270 months in prison for drug conspiracy

Updated: Friday, September 13 2013, 05:44 PM CDT
Written by: Rachel Snody (RSnody@local21news.com)

A Lancaster County man was sentenced to 270 months in prison on Friday in connection with a drug conspiracy case.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice say Keith Martin Thompson "Keefer", 33, of Lancaster was the leader of a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine distribution organization in Lancaster. Officials say the organization ran between 2005 and Thompson's arrest in January of 2011.

In addition to the prison term, Thompson must also pay a fine of $2,400, a special assessment of $1,400 and complete 10 years of supervised release.

Thompson was federally indicted on February 15, 2011 along with eleven others from Lancaster. Officials say the organization run by Thompson would routinely purchase wholesale quantities of illegal drugs, including cocaine and cocaine base "crack" from suppliers in Philadelphia, New York and other places.

Officials say the organization distributed the drugs to customers in Lancaster, Harrisburg and other areas surrounding those cities.

Thompson pleaded guilty on April 6, 2013 to 12 counts including conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine, admitting that 20 kilograms of crack cocaine and 50 kilograms of cocaine were distributed in furtherance of the criminal activity jointly undertaken by him and his associates.  Thompson also pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of cocaine, five counts of distribution of cocaine base (“crack”), one count of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Lancaster Co. man sentenced to 270 months in prison for drug conspiracy


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