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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 29, 2015

Franklin County Man Indicted on Federal Drug and Weapons Charges

St. Louis, MO – BRIAN HENRY JONES, St. Clair, Missouri, was indicted involving his alleged drug activities in Franklin County.

Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 24 for multiple felony counts, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a drug involved premises and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  He appeared for arraignment in federal court this afternoon in St. Louis.

If convicted, these charges carry penalties ranging from five years to life in prison.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Cristian M. Stevens is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 30, 2015