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FRIDAY - July 11, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced MCKINLEY SHONDELL JONES, 30, of Knightdale, North Carolina, to 264 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.

A Federal Grand Jury returned an Indictment on November 8, 2007.On February 4, 2008, JONES pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. On October 2, 2007, officers from the Knightdale Police Department and Wake County Sheriff’s Office received information that there was possible drug activity by JONES at his residence in Knightdale. A search warrant was obtained and executed and 135 grams of crack, $76,741 in United States currency, 2 stolen handguns (a Ruger .40 Model P94 and a Heckler & Koch USP45 .45, both semi-automatic pistols), digital scales, and packaging materials were found at the residence.

JONES was arrested, along with Saundra Evans. The following day JONES and Evans were released from custody. Later that day a traffic stop was performed on the vehicle in which JONES was a passenger. During this stop officers seized $13,561 and 14 grams of crack cocaine. JONES was not arrested at this time and subsequently became a fugitive. However, on November 1, 2007, JONES was located at a Garner motel and deputies with the United States Marshals’ Violent Fugitive Task Force Unit set up surveillance. As JONES left the motel and got into his car, deputies moved in to make the arrest. After deputies identified themselves, JONES, who had initially stopped the vehicle, accelerated toward one of the deputies. Both officers fired on JONES. While an injured JONES was taken to the hospital, a search of the motel room was conducted, where approximately 1,010.4 grams of cocaine, a scale and packaging materials were found.

The investigation revealed that Jones was involved in distributing in excess of 200 kilograms of cocaine.

JONES previous convictions include possession with intent to seel and deliver cocaine, larceny, possession of cocaine, hit and run, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, trafficking cocaine by transportation, and escape from state prison.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Marshals Service, the Knightdale Police Department, the Garner Police Department, and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.


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