Man convicted of bringing drugs into Lewiston area

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PORTLAND – A federal jury on Wednesday found a Lewiston area man guilty of bringing cocaine and ecstasy up from Georgia and distributing it around the Twin Cities.

Leonard Jones, 30, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy.

According to evidence introduced at trial, between June 2006 and April 2008, Jones transported cocaine, crack cocaine and ecstasy from Georgia to the Lewiston area for sale and distribution.

When in Maine, prosecutors said, Jones would give either money or drugs to local dealers and addicts who would help Jones sell the drugs that he brought from Georgia.

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Investigators said Jones conducted his drug-trafficking activities out of seven Lewiston-area apartments between 2006 and 2008 and sold multi-ounce quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine during at least 14 trips to Maine.

Under federal law, and because of the quantity of crack cocaine involved in the case, Jones faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Jones could be sent to prison for life if the court establishes that he has two or more prior drug convictions. A sentencing date had not been set Thursday.

The case against Jones was investigated by 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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