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Thursday, March 22, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
On Drug, Firearms Charges
- He and Another Man Were Caught Making a Heroin Deal -
WASHINGTON - Richard Jones, 58, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to eight years in prison on federal narcotics and weapons charges stemming from a drug sale on a Northwest Washington street last summer and a subsequent search of his apartment that turned up heroin, oxycodone and firearms, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Jones pled guilty in January 2012 to charges of unlawful distribution of heroin and using, carrying and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. He was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the Honorable Ellen S. Huvelle.
A co-defendant, John Louis Roane, 38, of District Heights, Md., earlier was sentenced to a seven-year prison term. Roane pled guilty in November 2011 to unlawful distribution of heroin.
According to the government’s evidence, officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) observed Jones and Roane on the evening of August 17, 2011, talking in the 1000 block of Harvard Street NW. Roane was sitting in the driver’s seat of his parked vehicle when Jones leaned into the vehicle and handed him $406. In return, Roane provided Jones with heroin.
Afterward, officers saw Jones heading into a nearby apartment building. A police officer followed Jones and saw him walking into an apartment in the building. Jones looked at the officer, and while attempting to shut the door to his apartment, dropped the heroin to the ground. Officers arrested Jones and obtained a warrant to search the apartment. Inside, they found additional amounts of heroin, more than 300 pills of oxycodone, and four firearms.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the Third District vice unit, which investigated the case for MPD. He also thanked those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Legal Assistant Diane Brashears and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth F. Whitted and Emily C. Scruggs, who prosecuted the case.