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Defendant Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the filing of a complaint charging DARRELL JONES with possessing a firearm subsequent to having been convicted of a felony.  JONES was taken into federal custody today, presented before United States Magistrate Judge Lisa M. Smith, and ordered detained. 

As alleged in the Complaint unsealed today in White Plains federal court[1]:

Officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) and Mount Vernon Police Department (“MVPD”), executed a search warrant of an apartment believed to be JONES’s on November 26, 2018, where they found, among other things, mail addressed to JONES, a 9 millimeter CANIK TP9SF handgun with the slide separated from the receiver, and approximately 300 grams of a white substance believed to be heroin.  An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) has confirmed that the CANIK handgun was manufactured outside New York.  JONES has nine prior state felony convictions, including seven felony convictions for possession, attempted possession, or sale of controlled substances. 

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Based on the charges in the current complaint, JONES faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, with the possibility of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.

The statutory maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the DEA Westchester Residential Office, the Mount Vernon Police Department, and the ATF.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Samuel L. Raymond is in charge of the prosecution.  

The charge contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Updated December 20, 2018

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 18-457