Lewiston drug dealer gets life

LEWISTON — A Georgia man convicted of dealing crack and ecstasy out of various apartments here over a two-year period was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to life in prison.

Leonard Jones, 30, was found guilty following his trial in April of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, cocaine and ecstasy.

Prosecutors showed at trial that Jones brought the illicit drugs from Georgia to Lewiston between June 2006 and April 2008. Once in Maine, he would give money and drugs to local dealers and to addicts who helped him sell the drugs, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland.

Jones sold drugs from seven Lewiston apartments in different areas of the city. He sold multi-ounce amounts of cocaine and crack during at least 14 trips to Maine.

Jones had a record of three convictions on felony narcotic offenses. For that reason, he faced a mandatory life sentence in federal prison with possibility of release under federal law. U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal imposed the sentence.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II praised the investigative efforts of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lewiston Police Department, Maine State Police and the Central Maine Violent Crimes Task Force.

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life seems a bit harsh...

life seems a bit harsh...

With possibility of release???

Why give a life sentence if they possibly will be released..Lock him up and throw away the key..this is why nobody stops their criminal activity..they know they will just pick up where they left off when they get out of prison..and how the hell did he ever pick Lewiston?? just goes to show you scum begats scum....

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The "Three Strikes" statute

The "Three Strikes" statute is sufficiently important to our violence enforcement efforts that I want to underscore its key provisions. Under the federal "Three Strikes" provision, which is now codified at 18 U.S.C. § 3559(c), the defendant receives mandatory life imprisonment if he or she:

is convicted in federal court of a "serious violent felony" and
has two or more prior convictions in federal or state courts, at least one of which is a "serious violent felony." The other prior offense may be a "serious drug offense."

MANDATORY life imprisonment. No release, parole etc.

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MDEA is 2 people

hardly a force

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jeffyd, MDEA is comprised of

jeffyd, MDEA is comprised of officers from State, County & Municipal departments statewide and is a bit more than 2 people. They also work with Federal agencies such as the US Marshalls office, ATF and others.


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