camden man sentenced to 20 years in prison
for role in cocaine distribution conspiracy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. – One of the leaders of a large-scale conspiracy to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and crack cocaine in Camden was sentenced today to 240 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Jeffrey Jones, a/k/a “Jazzy,” 36, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler to an Information charging him with one count of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine). Judge Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Jones was a leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization (“The Firm”) that distributed at least 150 kilograms of cocaine from multiple locations through Camden from 1990 through 2007. This organization controlled drug trafficking areas through the use of violence and intimidation. The value of cocaine distributed by Jones and the other conspirators of The Firm is estimated at $4 million.
Jones had recently completed a five-year federal prison sentence for conspiring to possess firearms as a convicted felon in 2007 and was arrested by FBI agents Feb. 3, 2012, in Williamsport, Pa., upon completion of that sentence.
Jones purchased cocaine in kilogram quantities along with Mack Jones, aka “Bear,” 39, of Camden, from Raymond Morales and other major cocaine suppliers in Camden. Jeffrey Jones converted the powder cocaine into crack cocaine and then redistributed it to the organization’s customers from several locations in different neighborhoods in Camden, including Cramer Hill, Centerville, Whitman Park and downtown Camden. Jeffrey Jones employed multiple workers to assist him in distributing the crack cocaine, including juveniles. He and other members of the conspiracy carried loaded firearms while engaged in their drug trafficking activities.
Law enforcement agents received information from at least seven different cooperating witnesses who described Jeffrey Jones’ role in the drug trafficking organization and its operations. While involved in drug trafficking activities, Jeffrey Jones was previously arrested or stopped by law enforcement on the following occasions:
He was arrested in Camden on Aug. 24, 1997, after a foot chase with a Camden Police officer. At the time of his arrest, Jeffrey Jones had more than 200 grams of crack cocaine. Officers recovered a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun with a defaced serial number that he had discarded during the chase.
On Dec. 16, 2001, Jeffrey Jones and Mack Jones were arrested by Camden police officers after two semi-automatic handguns were recovered from their vehicle.
On June 24, 2004, Jeffrey Jones and another male were arrested by Camden Police at 9th and Central streets in Camden, one block from a drug trafficking location run by Jeffrey Jones. He and the other male were found to be in possession of more than $10,000 in cash and when questioned about the money, Jeffrey Jones stated that everyone had to take losses once in a while and suggested that the officers should treat their families to a vacation on him.
On Nov. 29, 2006, Jeffrey Jones and two other males were stopped by Virginia police officers in a rental car traveling through the Commonwealth of Virginia. The vehicle was ultimately searched and more than $93,000 in cash and nine cell phones were recovered from the vehicle.
On Sept. 27, 2007, Jeffrey Jones and three conspirators were arrested in Camden after a vehicle they were riding in was stopped by Camden police. All four males were arrested and four handguns were recovered by the police officers. Jeffrey Jones pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess firearms as a convicted felon and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Other leaders of “The Firm” drug conspiracy, Mack Jones and Jevon Lewis (a/k/a Cool V) are serving life sentences after being convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy charges in a trial before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas in 2008. Raymond Morales, one of the largest cocaine suppliers in Camden for many years, is currently serving a 21-year federal sentence on drug conspiracy and murder charges to which he pleaded guilty before Judge Irenas in 2007.
In a related case, on Aug. 21, 2012, Larry Reddick, 36, a/k/a “Lac,” of Camden, appeared before Judge Kugler and was sentenced to 270 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for his role as an enforcer in the same drug organization and for the drug-related murder of Brian “Pepe” Parker on Jan. 5, 2000, inside a Camden tavern. Reddick had previously pleaded guilty to these charges before Judge Kugler in Camden federal court. During the plea hearing, Reddick admitted in response to Judge Kugler’s questions that he and other members of the drug organization killed Parker because they believed he was responsible for stealing a quantity of crack cocaine from a stash house in Camden in the months before his murder.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Jeffrey Jones to 12 years of supervised release. As a special condition of supervised release, Jeffrey Jones will not be allowed to live in or enter Camden, Gloucester or Burlington counties in New Jersey or Philadelphia County without the express prior permission of his probation officer. Judge Kugler also banned Jeffrey Jones from associating with any known street gang or organized crime or gang members while on supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the DEA’s New Jersey Division-Camden Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert G. Koval; the FBI-Cherry Hill Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge John Brosnan; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk; and the Camden Police Department, under the direction of Chief Scott Thompson, coordinated by the Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick C. Askin and Howard Wiener of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Menchen of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.
Defense counsel: Edward Plaza Esq., Red Bank, N.J.