Target of drug bust faces life sentence
Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 20, 2002
In what Selma police are calling the successful conclusion to a major drug bust that was two years in the making, a Selma man is facing the possibility of life in prison.
Kit Thomas Brown, 36, aka &uot;Pumpkin,&uot; of Selma, was convicted on four counts of federal drug charges Thursday in a federal court in Mobile, said Selma Police Lt. John Brock, head of the narcotics division.
Brock said Brown was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute crack cocaine and could be sentenced to from 10 years to life.
It appears the Pumpkin won’t be trick-or-treating any time soon.
Brown was also found guilty of three counts of possession and distribution of crack cocaine, with each count carrying the possibility of five to 40 years.
Brock said Brown was acquitted of an additional charge of using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
Over a three- to four-year period, Brock said that Brown had brought &uot;at least 16 kilos of crack cocaine into the local area.&uot;
The Selma Police Department arrested Brown in May after police detectives viewed him on a surveillance tape making a drug transaction with a police informant.
On May 10, Dallas County District Judge Nathaniel Walker originally set Brown’s bond at $1 million, but two weeks later reduced that bond to $250,000.
Brock said Brown’s recent federal conviction was the culmination of a two-year investigation by Selma Police investigators Tommy Bufford and Mike Palmer, and FBI agents, Fred Haynes and Robert Gaskampt.
Brock said that according to federal authorities, Bufford and Palmer &uot;did an outstanding job in preparing the case.&uot;
Brock added that he was also pleased with the work done by his detectives.
Brown was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 23 by Chief U.S. District Judge Charles R. Butler Jr.
Brock said that with the arrest of Brown, whom he referred to as &uot;one of the top three or four drug dealers in this area,&uot; he expected
convictions of other major drug dealers, who have been &uot;highly active&uot; in the Selma area.