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Press Release

Two Members of Family-Run Heroin Trafficking Ring Sentenced

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Two Portsmouth men were sentenced this week to a combined 33 years in prison for their roles in a family-run heroin-trafficking organization that trafficked at least one kilogram of heroin throughout Hampton Roads and sold handguns, rifles, and shotguns with the drugs.

According to court documents, Corey Luther Jones, 50, and Malcolm Dominic Jones, Jr., 25, were members of the Jones DTO run by Malcolm Jones, Sr., Corey Jones’s brother and Malcolm Jones, Jr.’s father. The organization operated at least three drug premises, including the “Court,” a residence serving as the distribution point for Jones’s drugs—heroin, fentanyl, Acetyl fentanyl, crack, and powder cocaine. Since the beginning of 2017, the Court serviced 50 to 100 customers a day until authorities shut down the operation on Sept. 11, 2019. During that time, Corey and Malcolm Jr. lived at the court, managed drug-trafficking efforts there, and stockpiled firearms there to protect their drug trade. Corey Jones was involved in more than 20 controlled purchases of heroin, fentanyl, and Acetyl fentanyl and sold several firearms during some of those deals—two rifles, including an AR-style rifle, two shotguns, and three handguns.

Corey Jones was sentenced to 20 years, while Malcolm Jones was sentenced to 13 years.

This case is part of Operation High Tide, a proactive, large-scale narcotics trafficking and firearms investigation that focused on high-impact targets driving crime in some of the most hardest hit neighborhoods in Hampton Roads.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. Click here for more information about Project Guardian.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; and Col. K.L. Wright, Chief of Chesapeake Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin Bird prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:19-cr-155.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated July 10, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses