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Press Release

St. Albans Man Held On Federal Gun Charge

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Derrick D. Jones, age 33, appeared in Federal Court today at his arraignment on a Grand Jury indictment charging him with possessing a .32 cal Smith & Wesson handgun as a convicted felon.

According to court filings, on March 7, 2016, the Vermont State Police, St. Albans Barracks (“VSP”) executed a State search warrant at Jones’s St. Albans, Vermont apartment. Officials seized 85 Oxycodone pills; a 25 gram bag of cocaine; $1,607 in cash; several counterfeit $50 and $100 bills; and a loaded .32 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. Jones was charged with drug violations in State court and released on conditions. Because he has a prior felony conviction in New York State, the VSP contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On March 31, 2016, a federal Grand Jury indicted Jones for possessing the .32 cal. handgun as a convicted felon. On April 7, 2016, the VSP arrested Jones on the federal warrant at his St. Albans apartment. Finding him with 20 more Oxycodone pills, the VSP obtained another search warrant. Officials found in his apartment 2.7 grams of heroin; four grams of crack cocaine; 19 grams of marijuana; and handgun ammunition.

At a hearing today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy, Jones was detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service pending trial. Meanwhile, the VSP filed new State charges based upon the drugs seized on April 7.

The maximum penalty for the federal firearms charge is 10 years imprisonment. Jones is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth Quinn. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Darrow. The indictment is an accusation only and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated April 8, 2016