Heroin dealer sentenced to almost 14 years
A man at the center of a ring that distributed heroin and crack cocaine in Baltimore and Winchester in amounts that may have exceeded a combined 100 pounds was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 13 years and nine months in prison.
The defendant, Tyrell Anton “Weezy” Jones, 27, formerly of Baltimore, was the seventh of eight defendants in the conspiracy to be sentenced and received the longest prison term imposed so far by Judge Michael F. Urbanski.
A statement of facts signed by Jones estimates that the ring distributed between 10 kilograms and 30 kilograms of heroin – the equivalent of about 22 pounds and 66 pounds – between 2009 and mid-2014. The co-conspirators also received and distributed eight kilograms and 25 kilograms of crack cocaine, about 18 1/2 to 55 1/2 pounds.
Defense attorney Louis Nagy insisted in his sentencing memorandum that the ring distributed most of its crack and heroin in Winchester between mid-2012 and mid-2014.
Court documents identified Jones and a co-defendant, Terry Johnson, as the leaders of the conspiracy.
“From the facts in the case, it is safe to assert that while both Johnson and Mr. Jones would routinely sell both heroin and cocaine base, Johnson was the primary source for (crack), and Mr. Jones was the primary source of heroin,” Nagy wrote. “Further, it is uncontested that both men used a number of different individuals in and around the Winchester area to sell narcotics for them.”
The statement of facts states that by 2013 “Jones and his co-conspirators were distributing almost exclusively in the Winchester, Virginia area because it was much more profitable than Baltimore.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Wolthuis agreed that much of the conspiracy was focused on Baltimore until about the fall of 2013 when Jones took the lead in bringing hundreds of grams of heroin to Winchester.
“The nature of this offense is massive in terms of quantity of drugs, the dollar amounts involved and the unimaginable damage to the lives of individuals, their children, their families and communities,” Wolthuis wrote.
Wolthuis estimated that Jones brought 50 grams of heroin into Winchester twice a week between fall 2013 and June 2014, an amount that yielded a profit of $432,000 during a span of nine months.
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