A 28-year-old Statesville man was sentenced to more than a dozen years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess Oxycodone.
Adam Keith Jones was sentenced to 131 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release after being convicted of possession with intent to illegally distribute Oxycodone, Anne Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District announced Monday.
To date, seven others have been sentenced for their role in the same drug trafficking conspiracy, Tompkins said.
Four of those defendants are from Statesville. They are:
» Joseph Dale Jones Jr., 28, sentenced on June 5 to 30 months and three years of supervised release;
» Tiffany May Jones, 25, of Statesville, sentenced on Aug. 6 to 22 months in prison and three years of supervised release;
» Amber Renee Babb, 23, of Statesville, sentenced on June 5 to 21 months in prison with credit for time served and one year of supervised release; and
» Charles David Gilmore Jr., 23, sentenced on June 5 to 18 months in prison and one year of supervised release.
The other defendants sentenced are:
» Thornton Allen Jones, 59, of Big Creek, W.Va., sentenced on June 5 to 110 months in prison and three years of supervised release;
» Keith Douglas Hockley, 49, of Thomasville, sentenced on Aug. 6 to one year and one day in prison and one year of supervised release; and
» Brian Keith Jones, 47, of Avondale, W.Va., sentenced on June 5 to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
According to court documents and court proceedings, Adam Jones was the ringleader of the conspiracy, which spanned from 2005 to 2010 and operated in Iredell, Alexander and Watauga counties as well as in Virginia, Florida, West Virginia and elsewhere. Court records show that defendants obtained and filled doctors’ prescriptions for pain pills and then illegally resold the pain medication to individuals. Information contained in court documents indicated that law enforcement agents seized approximately 1,980 prescription pills, five firearms, three vehicles and approximately $33,548 in cash through undercover operations, traffic stops and execution of search warrants.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offices in Charlotte and Charleston, W.Va., the Iredell, Alexander and Watauga county sheriff’s offices, the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force in Bluefield, W.Va., the West Virginia State Police and McDowell County, W.Va. Sheriff’s office.
The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman.