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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Indiana
For Immediate Release
Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney
Friday, January 13, 2023

Terre Haute Felon Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking and Illegal Gun Possession

TERRE HAUTE- Emmanuel Dareon Jones, 30, of Terre Haute, Indiana was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, on July 24, 2018, Jones sold approximately 4.5 grams of cocaine for $250.00. On September 19, 2018, Jones was pulled over by law enforcement officers after they saw him exit his residence and leave in his car. Officers found $12,620 on Jones’ person during the stop.

At the time of the traffic stop, Jones was on probation and had been previously convicted of four felonies related to possessing and dealing marijuana. The prior felony convictions prohibited Jones from ever owning a firearm. Jones’ residence was searched pursuant to the conditions of his probation waiver.

During the search of Jones’ residence, officers located a loaded pistol, a vacuum seal machine with a sealed bag containing a large amount of loose marijuana, a digital scale, and several bulk packaging materials in the kitchen. In the bedroom, officers found a box of multiple, vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, a tactical, 12-gauge shotgun, an assault style rife with a 30-round magazine, and a safe containing two Crown Royal bags full of $100 bills, as well as other stacks of $100 bills. Jones stated that each Crown Royal bag contained $50,000. Investigators seized a total of $134,500 and approximately six pounds of marijuana from Jones’ vehicle and home.

In a recorded interview with Terre Haute Police Department Officers, Jones admitted to selling marijuana for $125.00 per ounce. Jones confirmed that all marijuana and guns found during the searches belonged to him and was able to list descriptions of each gun.

U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers and Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division made the announcement.

“Multiple felony convictions did not deter the defendant from continuing to deal drugs and illegally arm himself, including possessing an assault rifle with an extended magazine—even while on probation,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers. “The serious federal prison sentence imposed today demonstrates that law enforcement agencies will work to keep the public safe through prosecution of armed drug dealers. We are grateful to the Terre Haute Police Department and ATF for their work in getting these drugs and guns off the street and out of our communities.”

The Terre Haute Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney. Judge Sweeney also ordered that Jones be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 3 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Pamela S. Domash, who prosecuted this case.

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