THOMASVILLE — A Miami, Fla., man arrested almost two years ago will spend more than a dozen years in federal prison.

Soloman Nikita McQueen was sentenced to 151 months — or 12 years and seven months — in federal prison in a Thomas County cocaine-conspiracy ring.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Hugh Lawson in Macon U.S. District Court. McQueen is to serve five years of supervised probation after his release from prison.

McQueen, 36, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Thomas County.

The convicted drugger was one of six to eight individuals involved in the conspiracy, said Kevin Lee, commander of the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division.

“Each one had individual charges of crack cocaine distribution,” Lee explained.

Thomasville police stopped a 1990s-model Jeep Cherokee at Cairo Road and the west bypass in April 2004. The vehicle was driven by McQueen, who told officers his driver’s license was expired.

In a storage area on the interior panel of the passenger-side door, police found a large quantity of crack cocaine, along with powder cocaine.

The crack, at 56 grams, had a street value of about $14,000. The case was turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office for prosecution.

“He was living up here with different people, back and forth, here and in Cairo,” Lee said.

The commander described McQueen as a major supplier of crack cocaine. He brought the contraband from Miami and distributed it in Thomas and Grady counties, Lee explained.

“He’ll do most of the 12 years,” Lee added. “He won’t be around here for a long time.”

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.


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