News Release
For Immediate Release
July 30, 2010

Georgia Man Receives Life Sentence for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine, Cocaine Base and Ecstasy

JUL 30 -- Portland, Maine: Steven W. Derr Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Leonard Jones , age 30, of Georgia, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland to life in prison for his role in trafficking cocaine, cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine) and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also known as ecstasy). U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal imposed the sentence following an April 2010 trial in which the jury found Jones guilty of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base, cocaine and ecstasy.

According to the government’s evidence introduced at trial, from approximately June 2006 through April 2008 Jones transported cocaine, crack cocaine and ecstasy from Georgia to the Lewiston area for sale and distribution. When in Maine, the defendant would give either money or drugs to local area dealers and addicts who would assist Jones with selling the drugs that he brought from Georgia. Jones conducted his drug trafficking activities out of seven different Lewiston area apartments between 2006 and 2008 and sold multi-ounce quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine during his at least 14 trips to Maine.

Because Jones’ criminal history included three prior convictions for felony narcotic offenses, Jones faced a mandatory term of life imprisonment without release under federal law.

United States Attorney Delahanty praised the investigative efforts of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lewiston Police Department, the Maine State Police and the Central Maine Violent Crimes Task Force.