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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

February 2, 2012

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie LeDuc, Public Information Officer
(410) 209-4885

Washington D.C. Man Exiled to Over 10 Years in Prison on Gun and Drug Charges

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Stephen Laroy Jones, age 33, of Washington, D.C., today to 130 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a gun and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and crack cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Debbie D. Bullock of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to Jones’ plea agreement, on March 19, 2010, a Prince George’s County police officer saw Jones enter a barbershop in the Mt. Rainier area. Jones then exited the barbershop got into his car and left the area. An officer noted that Jones was not wearing his seat belt and conducted a traffic stop in the 3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue. The officer detected the strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. When asked if he had any weapons or illegal contraband, Jones advised the officer that he had marijuana and a gun in the vehicle. The officer recovered a black backpack from the back seat of the car, which contained 389.6 grams of marijuana and a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol. The officer also recovered 39.26 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia from the center console of the vehicle and seized $1,773 in cash from Jones.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, the Prince George’s County Police Department, and the Maryland State Police for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney William D. Moomau and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerome Maiatico, who prosecuted the case.