Former Soldier Receives 15 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking Ketamine and Laundering More than $700,000
“This is the ninth defendant to be convicted in a drug trafficking organization moving kilogram quantities of drugs in the Raleigh area,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “I am proud of the collaboration of our law enforcement agencies to dismantle this organization and put those accountable behind bars.”
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, during an investigation into drug trafficking activity which included surveillance and wiretaps, agents determined that Jones regularly traveled to Los Angeles and Newark, picked up money from conspirators who were holding for him, and purchased large quantities of cocaine and marijuana. Couriers transported the drugs to the Raleigh area.
On July 22, 2020, law enforcement in Texas stopped one of these couriers travelling eastbound from California and seized 400 pounds of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine from a hidden compartment in the back of the truck that had been constructed to look like a large stack of lumber. That same day, agents arrested Jones when he arrived at his stash house in Raleigh. Inside the home, agents found 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, 138 grams of crack, 2 kilograms of marijuana, hundreds of ecstasy pills that contained methamphetamine, two handguns (one stolen), over $99,000 in cash, and five kilo presses. Over the next two days, agents executed multiple search warrants at homes used by Jones’s organization in Raleigh and California and seized nine guns over $757,000, and additional drugs.
The prosecution of Jones was a part of Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation (OCDETF). OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launders, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
Other defendants associated with Jones pled guilty to drug trafficking and/or firearms offenses and received the following sentences imposed by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III:
Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after
Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No.