Armed Crack Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Justice.svgTyrone Anthony Jones, 32, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today in Alexandria, Virginia federal court to 360 months in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Jones pleaded guilty on Sept. 4, 2015.  According to court documents, between December 2014 and July 2015, Jones distributed crack cocaine on at least 13 occasions, accounting for a total of approximately 26 grams of crack. Jones also engaged in an illegal sale of a firearm and ammunition. At the time of Jones’s arrest, law enforcement agents recovered a .45 caliber handgun, ammunition, approximately 8.5 additional grams of crack, and $13,910 from Jones’s apartment.  Jones was previously convicted in 2006 of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; Charles E. Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; and M. Jay Farr, Chief of Arlington County Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge C. Cacheris.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tobias D. Tobler and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum prosecuted the case.

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