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MARIJUANA TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MARCH 01, 2013
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Public Affairs Officer
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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Carlton E. Jones, 41, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 120 months in prison for conspiring to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in central Ohio between 2010 and 2012 and laundering the proceeds through his used car business, Unlimited Auto Group.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Kathy Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS), Kevin Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the sentence imposed today by Senior U.S. District Judge James L. Graham.

Jones is one of seven people charged in March 2013 following an investigation by the FBI, IRS, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott’s Office and Columbus Police. Jones pleaded guilty on July 22, 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Other defendants convicted as a result of the investigation include:
Jesus Galindo Corrales, 36, Tucson, Arizona, who was sentenced on April 11, 2014 to 72 months in prison.
Quentin Jefferson, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced on April 10, 2014 to 60 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana and one count of money laundering.
Bryan T. Jones, 34, of Columbus, was sentenced on October 25, 2013 to 18 months in prison.
Adrian Raul Islas, 33, of Tucson, Arizona was sentenced on April 11, 2014 to 27 months in prison.
Chad A. Goggans, 41, of Canal Winchester, Ohio was sentenced on April 11, 2014 to 27 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Jose Eduardo Islas, 41, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced May 16, 2014 to 120 months in prison.          
Patrick Stinson Edwards, 49, of Columbus pleaded guilty on February 7, 2014 to one count of conspiracy. He was sentenced on June 13, 2014 to 24 months in prison.
Kenyatta Meadows, 50, of Columbus pleaded guilty on February 7, 2014 to one count of conspiracy. He is awaiting sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative long-term investigation by the FBI, IRS agents, Columbus Police officers and Franklin County deputies, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Kelley and David DeVillers, who represented the United States in this case.

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