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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Princeton Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges


BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - A Princeton man pleaded guilty today to federal drug crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Jerome Jones, 53, of Princeton, West Virginia, entered his guilty plea to 7 counts distribution of a quantity of cocaine base, 2 counts possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base, and 1 count distribution of a quantity of cocaine.

Stuart praised the work of the West Virginia State Police.  “We are committed to working with the fine men and women of the West Virginia State Police in their efforts to make West Virginia communities safer places to live, work and play,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  

Jones admitted that between May 18, 2016, and November 13 , 2017 , he sold quantities of cocaine and cocaine base to a confidential informant who was working with the police. Jones further admitted that on June 1, 2016 , and then again on December 20, 2017 , the West Virginia State Police executed a search warrant and at his residence and seized quantities of cocaine and cocaine base.

Jones faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each county when he is sentenced on May 30, 2018. United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the plea hearing.

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Updated March 14, 2018