HEROIN TRAFFICKER CONVICTED, SENT TO PRISON
New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, JANUARY JONES, 41, of New Bern, was convicted on his guilty plea to charges arising out of his sale of heroin to informants working with the New Bern Police Department. Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins.
New Bern Police, using cooperating informants, conducted a series of controlled purchases of heroin from Jones in March and April, 2016, all of which took place at K&K Cuts barbershop on Neuse Boulevard in New Bern. The total amount spent by the informant was in excess of $ 1900.00. The North Carolina State Crime Lab tested the purchased materials, and determined that each was, in fact, heroin.
Jones pled guilty to two counts of Trafficking in Opium (one by sale and one by possession), four counts of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Heroin, and four counts of Sale of Heroin. Judge Harrell sentenced Jones to a prison sentence of 70 to 93 months, and ordered that Jones pay a $ 50,000 fine as provided by law. He also ordered Jones to repay the investigating agencies for the money spent on the purchases, and to repay $ 3000 in lab fees for testing, in addition to court costs and attorney’s fees. He recommended that Jones be given a substance abuse assessment while in prison, and that he undergo treatment if recommended.