LAKE CHARLES – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today
that Kimberly Ann Thompson, age 39, of Pitkin, La., was sentenced Thursday to ten years
in prison and five years supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to
distribute methamphetamine. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge
Patricia Minaldi as a result of Thompson’s guilty plea in March of 2012.
In May of 2011, Thompson and three others were indicted on drug charges as a
result of a joint Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation
conducted by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. On June 11, 2010, while
traveling from Houston to Louisiana, Thompson and her co-defendant, Harlis Ramsey
Martin, were stopped by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies in Sulphur, La. for illegally
tinted windows. Thompson was found to be in possession of 21 grams of
methamphetamine. Martin admitted to manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine
with Thompson and also going to Texas to obtain methamphetamine.
Both of Thompson’s co-defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess
with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Thomas Dwain Tilton, Jr. pled guilty on
February 24, 2012, and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 30, 2012 in Lake Charles;
Harlis Ramsey Martin pled guilty on March 9, 2012, and was sentenced on June 14, 2012
to 140 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Finley stated: “Methamphetamine continues to have a destructive and
deadly effect on our communities. We hope this case sends a message that anyone who
traffics in these types of drugs will face serious consequences. The U.S. Attorney’s Office,
along with its law enforcement partners, will not be hindered or deterred in the
prosecution of these cases.”
OCDETF is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug
trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug
trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking
organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to
disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Louisiana State
Police, and Texas Department of Public Safety and was prosecuted by Assistant U. S.
Attorney Brett Grayson.