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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 5, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED FOR CRACK COCAINE


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.


            Taijal Obrayn Jones, 30, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole.


            On March 5, 2007, Jones pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine. Jones was arrested on March 6, 2006, when police officers observed him knocking on the door of a residence in the 600 block of Park Avenue. When Jones saw the police officers approaching, he began walking backwards, then suddenly pivoted and started running. Officers saw Jones throw a large white bag into a dumpster in the parking lot.


            Officers apprehended Jones at Fifth and Park. During a search at the time of his arrest, officers found in his possession a bag containing cocaine, crack cocaine, $3,423, and a bottle containing Hydrocodone, Methyldopa and Alprazolam. Officers also searched the dumpster, and recovered a large plastic bag containing 89.43 grams of cocaine.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Columbia, Mo., Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.



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