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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Methamphetamine and Heroin Dealer Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Prison

A Tulsa man has been sentenced to federal prison for 15 separate charges, including distribution of heroin and methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. A jury found Darowe Junior Jones, 39, of Tulsa, guilty on Oct. 24, 2018.

Today, U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Jones to 211 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

“Methamphetamine and heroin have exacted too much damage on Oklahoma families. Darowe Jones is an “alpha criminal” who peddled addiction for profit in our Tulsa community,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Through the combined efforts of the TPD, FBI and ATF during Operation Alpha, his drug ring has been dismantled. A 17-year federal prison sentence delivers accountability and consequences to Darowe Jones for his involvement in the illegal drug trade. It should also promote deterrence for anyone thinking about stepping into his shoes.”

Jones was arrested on April 17, 2018, on an outstanding felony arrest warrant as part of Operation Alpha, an initiative targeting Tulsa’s most dangerous criminals. Jones was a high volume drug dealer who sold methamphetamine, black-tar heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and Xanax. He conspired with his partners to receive drugs through the mail at various addresses in Tulsa and Broken Arrow, which he later distributed in the Tulsa area. The evidence further showed that Jones sent tens of thousands of dollars in cash over a two-year period to his out-of-state sources of supply to purchase the narcotics.

After his arrest, Jones continued his drug operations by calling his accomplices from jail and directing them to hide evidence, including drug proceeds. 

Jones will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Jones was arrested as part of Operation Alpha, a Project Safe Neighborhoods’ initiative. Operation Alpha utilized crime mapping technology to target areas with high rates of crime and focused on the area surrounding 21st Street and Garnett Road in Tulsa. Phase one operations took place from mid-April through mid-June 2018 and resulted in 174 felony arrests and seizure of 106 firearms.

The Tulsa Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI and United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas E. Duncombe, Dennis A. Fries, and Joel-lyn A. McCormick prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
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Updated February 27, 2019