A Roanoke man was sentenced to 27 years in prison Tuesday on drug, gun and sex trafficking charges, according to U. Attorney John P. Fishwick said.
Brandon Scott Thomas, 25, of Roanoke was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. Thomas pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, two counts of sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion, one count of conspiring to commit sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Thomas admitted that he ran a prostitution business involving many women who operated out of hotels in Roanoke and Charlottesville. To promote his business, Thomas posted advertisements on back.
Thomas admitted that he prostituted several women and admitted that he beat and threatened to beat them.
He said he took advantage of their drug addictions. According to evidence, Thomas conspired with others, including co-defendant Josh Voress, from at least July until his arrest in March to distribute heroin.
Thomas also occasionally possessed firearms in connection with his drug trafficking. We have a full copy of the press release from the U. Brandon Scott Thomas, a.
Today in District Court, Thomas was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. Settles for U. Wolthuis and Laura Day Rottenborn, Thomas conspired with others, including co-defendant Josh Voress, from at least July until his arrest in March to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs, and he periodically possessed firearms in connection with his drug trafficking.
Thomas admitted that he ran a prostitution business involving multiple women that operated out of hotels in Roanoke and Charlottesville. To promote the business, Thomas posted prostitution advertisements on the website back. Thomas admitted that he prostituted women identified as V1, V3, and V4 in Roanoke and elsewhere in the Western District of Virginia, and admitted that he beat and threatened to beat the women, and took advantage of their drug dependencies, to compel their prostitution services. Evidence was presented that Thomas targeted disenfranchised, drug-addicted women and exploited their heroin additions by withholding drugs and having them go dope-sick until they performed a sufficient of prostitution services.
Although the circumstances varied, women under the control of Thomas were induced or compelled into performing multiple prostitution encounters a day. If they did not work to his satisfaction, he would threaten them and in some instances physically harm them.
Thomas admitted that beginning in September and continuing through Februaryhe was physically abusive to V4 on a regular basis. He admitted to slapping, punching, and choking her. On at least one occasion, Thomas admitted he held a knife to the throat of V4. On a separate occasion, Thomas used a taser on V4 and also beat V4 while she was pregnant. Many of these actions took place in front of other victims. Voress admitted to being one of the sources of methamphetamine for a conspiracy that operated in Roanoke that included Thomas and co-defendant Tyler Johnson.
As part of his plea agreement in the Western District of Virginia, Voress agreed to plead guilty to additional methamphetamine charges out of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and to have those charges consolidated with the federal charges in Roanoke.
According to evidence presented ly by Assistant United States Attorney Rottenborn, Voress met drug customers via the website Tumblr.
The investigation of the case was conducted by U. Open Case Virginia. Interactive Radar. Weather Resources. Friday Football Extra. Community Calendar. Send Us Your Birthday.
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