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August 25, 2014

Leader of Cocaine Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

MARTINSBURG, WV—The leader of a large drug trafficking organization was convicted in Federal court and now faces a lengthy prison sentence.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Cedric Malachi Jones a/k/a “BG,” age 33, of South Ozone Park, New York, and formerly of Palm Coast, Florida, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.” At the request of the government Jones remains in custody pending sentencing, at which time he will face up to 20 years in prison.

JONES was the leader of a group that caused controlled substances to be transported from other parts of the country to Keyser, West Virginia, for redistribution. The case was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, which consists of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police—Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

This prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jarod J. Douglas. It was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, which consists of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police—Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

In other matters before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble, Adrian Nicholas Sanchez a/k/a “ACE,” age 30, of Cumberland, Maryland and Christopher Lee Redman, age 30, entered pleas of guilty to “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine.” Sanchez and Redman will forfeit $5,661 as well as pay a $90,000 money judgment. Sanchez and Redman are in custody pending sentencing and face up to 20 years in prison.

Ebony Ishia Haynes Jack, age 33, of South Ozone Park, New York, formerly of Palm Coast, Florida, entered a plea of guilty to “Money Laundering Conspiracy.” Jack is free on bond and faces up to 20 years in prison.

James Willard Johnson, age 39, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Crack Cocaine.” Johnson is in custody pending sentencing and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Navarre Sowell, age 38, of Hagerstown, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty to “Illegal use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Crack Cocaine.” Sowell, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to eight years in prison.

Shaye Christopher Donald Cole, age 27, of Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” Cole was previously convicted of a felony in the Circuit Court of Frederick County, Virginia. Cole is free on bond pending sentencing and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Shaquille Montrel Robinson, age 21, of Charles Town, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” Robinson has prior convictions for “Wanton Endangerment” and “Unlawful Assault” in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia. Robinson is in custody pending sentencing and faces up to 10 years in prison. Robinson was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Ranson Police Department.

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