Jermarl Jones Convicted in Heroin Distribution Conspiracy
Over Two Kilograms of Heroin Seized Worth Over $1 Million
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal jury today convicted Jermarl Albert Jones a/k/a Jamal Miles, age 31, of Owings Mills, Maryland for conspiracy to distribute more than two kilograms of heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to evidence presented at the four day trial, Jones was arrested on June 19, 2002 as he was about to enter an apartment in Cockeysville, Maryland. Police had been called to the apartment earlier in the day about a noise complaint. Officers seized over two kilograms of heroin at the apartment, having a street value of more than $1 million, as well as digital scales, approximately 20,000 gel capsules and 48 brick-shaped items labeled “mannite,” which is an agent commonly used to dilute the purity of heroin being packaged for sale. Additional searches related to the investigation recovered over $20,000, a money counter, a loaded firearm and eight false identification cards being used by Jones, including at least one driver’s license bearing his photograph, but another person’s name which he had when he was arrested.
Jones faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. Jones remains detained. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for May 30, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Baltimore County Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Marshals Service for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip S. Jackson, who is prosecuting the case.