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Hartford Man Convicted of Multiple Drug and Gun Offenses

MAR 04 (HARTFORD, Ct.) - Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut,  announced that Rashaud Jones, also known as “Buck,” 32, of Hartford and Windsor, has been convicted of multiple narcotics and firearm offenses.  On March 2, after a week-long trial before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford, a jury found Jones guilty of all counts in a seven-count indictment.

According to the evidence disclosed during the trial, this matter stems from a joint investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force.  On December 18, 2012, investigators conducted a motor vehicle stop of Jones and seized more than $9,000 in cash, three cellular telephones and other evidence.  Investigators then conducted court-authorized searches of Jones’s apartment at 232 Westland Street in Hartford and a car parked at the residence and seized approximately 935 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 635 grams of powder cocaine, narcotics packaging material, a loaded .22 Taurus revolver, a 9mm High Point pistol, a Ruger 345 .45 caliber firearm, a loaded .45 caliber magazine, a loaded .9mm magazine and additional ammunition.

Prior to December 2012, Jones had been convicted of multiple felony offenses.

Jones was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine), one count of possession with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base, one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base, possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon. 

Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for May 26, 2015, at which time Jones faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force, the Hartford Police Department and the Bristol Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone and Peter D. Markle.


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