Heroin Dealer Sentenced
Thirty-three-year-old Jerrod Tyrone Jones stood before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge John Walker Tuesday and took a child-like oath to stay away from drugs and alcohol in the future.
At the prompting of Walker, Jones “crossed his heart and hoped to die” in refraining from smoking marijuana as well as drinking alcohol. He went on to apologize for his actions and said he has learned his lesson.
The judge told Jones, of 513 Woodside Drive, Apt. E-13, “I don’t think you’ll be back.”
Jones, according to Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall, got in trouble with law enforcement as a result of his marijuana use. A presentence investigation revealed that prior to his arrest Jones had been smoking between six and eight grams of marijuana daily. Kendall calculated the cost to smoke the drug at $44 per day. The costs associated with supporting his habit reportedly led him to sell heroin.
Jones was ordered by the court to complete between five and 23 months in the Franklin County Jail for delivery of a controlled substance. Credit was granted for three months already served, and he is eligible for work release.
Jones is slated to be paroled at completion of the minimum sentence and upon approval of a home plan. The period of incarceration will be followed by six months probation in connection with possession of a controlled substance.
Restitution totalling $390 will be paid to the Pennsylvania State Police for drug buy money.
Jones was arrested after he sold heroin to a confidential informant on May 30 at an apartment on Lincoln Way East and inside the McDonald’s restaurant only one week later on June 7.
Jones previously told the court he was asked by a confidential informant to “score” or “get” some heroin. The eight zip-lock bags of heroin were exchanged for $200 in state police confidential funds.
Jones also admitted to possessing heroin on June 7 at the McConnellsburg Borough restaurant. Four zip-lock bags of heroin, wrapped in a paper towel, were exchanged for $190. An undercover officer watched the alleged exchange between Jones and the informant from the next row of tables in McDonald’s.