AL.com A Panama City fisherman faces life in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to distributing cocaine he found in the Gulf of Mexico. Thomas Breeding, 32, is set to be sentenced Feb. 16 after being arrested in the summer for his role in the distribution of around 20 kilograms of the controlled substance. Four co-defendants that helped Breeding deal the cocaine, thought to have a street value of between $500,000 and $620,000, will also face lengthy sentences next month. Writing to the News Herald of Panama City, Breeding warned against the life-changing choice he made in attempting to sell the cocaine that he discovered whilst fishing about 80 kilometers south of Panama City last January. “This changed my life and way of thinking and also made me aware of some of the dangers that can be found off shore in the Gulf,” Breeding wrote from the Washington County Jail where he is awaiting sentencing. “I would like to let the public know the dangers and what not to do if this situation comes about.” “I was working as a long line boat captain out of Panama City when I found a package containing 20 kilos of cocaine,” he added. “I do not know where the drugs came from and haven’t ever been involved in the drug trade before. I was just a hard-working, young commercial fisherman.” As part of his guilty plea, Breeding described how he “fronted” the cocaine to his fellow co-defendants, Benjamin Bailey McGraw, Jeremy Patrick Hubbard, Richard Kenneth Helms Jr. and Jessica Renee Ashbaker, with the expectation that he would be repaid once the drugs had been sold. According to the News Herald, Breeding has several other drug and gun-related felony charges in his past, although it’s unclear what led authorities to him and his co-defendants on this occasion.
Longline fisherman Thomas Breeding was working on a boat in the Gulf Of Mexico, when he found a package at sea, and that package contained 20 kilos of cocaine. Instead of reporting the cocaine to authorities, and getting nothing but a “good job” from the cops, Breeding decided to make a large profit and sell the found cocaine. Bad idea, Breeding got busted selling the cocaine, and now faces life behind bars. If you randomly find drugs selling them is a bad idea, because not only are you risking life behind bars if you get caught by police, but also the bad people who lost the cocaine are likely going to come looking for it. And the cocaine had better all be there when they find it.
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