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Princeton Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

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

BLUEFIELD, W.Va.—United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a Princeton man pled guilty in federal court to distribution of cocaine.  Stuart commended the work of the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

“Cocaine was the rage in the 1980’s.  It is coming back with a vengeance and is far more potent than ever before,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “My team is focused on stopping dealers from building the cocaine trade. We don’t want cocaine to become the epidemic it was decades ago.”

Jermaine Jones, 30, admitted that on March 30, 2018, he distributed a quantity of cocaine to a confidential informant near Bluewell in Mercer County.  He further admitted that he sold cocaine in Mercer County on four other occasions in March and April of 2018, and that he possessed an additional amount of cocaine on April 4, 2018 at his residence in Princeton.  Finally, he admitted that when authorities searched his residence, they found his two pistols.  Jones faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 31, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided at the plea hearing.


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Updated October 4, 2018

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