ORLANDO, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. sentenced Laquan De’Shay Jones (23, Apopka) to seven years in federal prison for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute it and for that. owning a gun for the promotion of drug trafficking crime. The court also ordered Jones to lose the gun and ammunition he was carrying as part of the offense.
Jones pleaded guilty on August 18, 2021.
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According to court documents, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jones on an active felony warrant for violating probation. During the arrest, agents recovered a loaded Glock pistol from Jones’ vehicle. In the trunk of the vehicle deputies located a bag inside which were multiple small plastic bags of white powdered fentanyl, cutting agents (chemicals), containers, scales, and other drug paraphernalia, such as a blender and playing cards bent in half. . The total amount of fentanyl was determined to be nearly 15 grams. Jones confessed to being a fentanyl dealer.
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Jones has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including accessory after the fact to a first-degree felony, resisting an officer, burglary, attempted burglary, and entry.
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This case has been investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Agency for Alcohol, Tobacco, Guns and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Gardella.