Detroit Man Sentenced for Selling Fentanyl in Huntington

Updated 31 weeks ago

A Detroit  man was sentenced to prison today for selling fentanyl in Huntington.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. "Chuck" Chambers sentenced Marshal Franchuit Thomas Jr. to 43 months in prison for distribution of fentanyl.  Upon his release he will remain on supervised release for three years. 

Thomas, 25, previously admitted  on February 8, 2018, an informant contacted him to purchase heroin.  Thomas agreed to meet the informant in the area of 14th Street West in Huntington and, when the informant arrived, Thomas distributed what he purported to be 5 grams of heroin. 

After forensic testing, the substance distributed by Thomas was discovered to actually be fentanyl, a powerful opiate painkiller.  Thomas further admitted that he was involved in distributing heroin and fentanyl in the Huntington area between July 2015 and March 2018, and that he was responsible for the distribution of up to 400 grams of heroin and fentanyl in Huntington during that period. 

“We’re sending another Detroit poison peddler to federal prison," said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart in a press release. “Many lives have been lost as a result of fentanyl dealers like Thomas. 

"We’ve pushed back – we’re fighting for our communities and our families – and we’ve substantially increased our prosecution numbers.”


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