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South Charleston man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A South Charleston man, who authorities say had hidden a loaded handgun in a toddler's bed, will spend more than two years in federal prison on a drug conviction.

Thomas Henry Banks Jr., 40, also known as "Fat Cat", was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison for illegally possessing thousands of dollars worth of prescription painkillers.

Authorities raided Banks' South Charleston home last year and found 165 Opana pills and 81 oxycodone pills, along with $2,851 that was allegedly proceeds from drug buys.

Police also found a loaded .38 caliber pistol that Banks had hidden in a toddler's bed.

Banks pleaded guilty last year to possession with the intent to distribute prescription pills.


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