BOSTON - A previously convicted man from Fall River and another individual from Fall River have been charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
Byron Jones, 38, and Meaghan Murphy, 23, have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine. The defendants were arrested Tuesday night, and the charges were unsealed late yesterday.
The complaint alleges that over the past three months, Jones and Murphy worked together to distribute crack cocaine in the Fall River area. On several occasions, a cooperating witness working with the DEA ordered crack cocaine from Jones which was then delivered by Murphy or Jones. As alleged in the complaint, the sales took place at 122 Melville Street on a second floor apartment in Fall Rivers, an address which agents believed was being used by Jones and Murphy as a stash house for their drugs. After Jones and Murphy were arrested, agents executed a search warrant of the apartment and seized approximately one half kilogram of crack cocaine and one half kilogram of powder cocaine. Jones had been previously convicted in federal court in North Carolina of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine, and use of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense. He had been sentenced to 204 months and served time in federal prison on that conviction.
If convicted on these charges, Jones and Murphy face up to 40 years in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release, and a $5 million fine. The defendants are scheduled for a detention hearing on Jan. 30, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Kevin Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald; Fall River Police Chief Daniel S. Racine; and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl of Ortiz's Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.
The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.