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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Operation Dirty Glass

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in leading a conspiracy to distribute PCP.

Today’s sentence is a result of Operation Dirty Glass, a multi-agency investigation into large-scale PCP-trafficking in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Operation Dirty Glass resulted in a series of indictments that charged a total of 22 defendants.

Gerald W. Jones, 42, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

On May 12, 2014, Jones pleaded guilty to his role in leading a conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of PCP. Jones is among 11 defendants who have pleaded guilty to the charges contained in a Nov. 9, 2012, federal indictment.

Undercover detectives and informants purchased PCP and crack cocaine from Jones on more than 20 separate occasions during the course of the investigation. A wiretap was authorized to assist investigators to identify Jones’ suppliers, associates, customers, and locations used in his drug trafficking operation. Investigators intercepted hundreds of drug-related telephone calls between Jones and his associates between Aug. 28 and Nov. 9, 2012. Investigators learned from the wiretap that Jones was primarily a PCP dealer who also sold crack cocaine.

Jones used various sources of supply for his drug trafficking business and would regularly sell bottles, dealer quantities, of PCP to his customers. Investigators learned that PCP dealers would commonly dip More brand cigarettes into the bottles containing liquid PCP and then distribute the PCP-dipped cigarettes, commonly called “sticks”, to PCP users.

On Nov. 14, 2012, investigators served a search warrant at Jones’ residence. During the search of Jones’ kitchen, investigators located numerous bottles that had been used to store PCP and several full bottles containing approximately 75 grams of PCP.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Venneman. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Updated January 7, 2015