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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Earl Stone Jr., a/k/a Ooh Wop, 28, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan E. Leydecker, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was arrested, with another absconding parolee, Shaquelle Coleman, on January 23, 2019, for violating terms of parole. Stone and Coleman were located in the upstairs bedroom of a residence on West 7th Street in Jamestown. Stone had what appeared to be floor insulation from the attic of the residence all over his clothing. During a search of the residence, suspected crack cocaine was located in the attic on top of floor insulation consistent with the insulation on the defendant's clothing. A digital scale with white residue and three cellular telephones were also seized. A review of the three cellular telephones recovered several text messages coordinating the sale of narcotics.
Charges remain pending against Shaquelle Coleman. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci; and the New York State Police, under the direction Major James Hall.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 14, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.
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