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News Release
September 6, 2002

Two Arrested on Heroin Distribution Charges

Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Pittsburgh District Office, James Harper and United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced that on August 28, 2002, Charles Alvin Jones, AKA C-Black, AKA Black, and Ondre Jones, both of Duquesne, Pennsylvania were indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal drug laws.

The three-count indictment named as defendants Charles Alvin Jones, age 23, of 309 Crawford Avenue, Duquesne, Pennsylvania and Ondre Jones, age 22, of 309 Crawford Avenue, Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from in or around June 1999 and continuing until June 2000, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Charles and Ondre Jones conspired to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Also, Charles and Ondre Jones are charged with a specific distribution and possession with intent to distribute less than 100 grams of heroin on February 21, 2000, which resulted in the death of a person. Finally, Charles Jones alone is charged with possession with intent to distribute less than 100 grams of heroin on May 6, 2000.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti, who presented the case to the Grand Jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than twenty years and up to life in prison, a fine of $4,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, West Mifflin Police Department, McKeesport Police Department, City of Duquesne Police and the Allegheny County Homicide Detectives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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