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'Top 10' suspect tied to drug conspiracy found guilty at trial

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 18:02:50-04

A man tabbed as a Top 10 suspect of “Operation Alpha,” a Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, has been found guilty of 15 crimes, including conspiracy to receive large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin through the mail before distributing it. 

Darowe Junior Jones, 39, of Tulsa, was convicted by a jury at his trial this week, U.S. Attorney Trent Shores office reports. 

Jones was targeted by law enforcement and arrested April 17 on an outstanding felony arrest warrant.  Dannie Dill, a co-conspirator and “Top Ten” suspect, was arrested two days later. Dill pleaded guilty on September 5, 2018 to participating in the meth and heroin distribution conspiracy, as well as other charges, a news release says.

“TPD had identified Jones as a “top ten alpha criminal” in Tulsa,” Shores said. “He was a high-volume drug dealer who peddled heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy and Xanax. Even after his arrest, Jones orchestrated his narcotics business from jail by directing accomplices to hide evidence, including drugs and money. Late yesterday, a jury held Jones accountable for his crimes by returning verdicts of guilty on all counts. I thank the jury for their service.”

Shores said evidence further showed that Jones sent $97,000 in cash over a two-year period to his out-of-state sources of supply to purchase a wide array of narcotics.  Prosecutors called Jones a “one-stop-shop” for drugs.  

The jury found Jones guilty of 15 total charges. He will be sentenced on January 28, 2019. He faces the possibility of spending decades in prison. 

 

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