02/21/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2020 16:56
PHILADELPHIA - Deputy United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen announced that Matt 'Mack' Jones, 37, of Bensalem, PA, was sentenced to 240 months' imprisonment and eight years' supervised release by Senior United States District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick. Jones was convicted at trial in October 2019 on charges of distribution of heroin and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
In January 2018, the Philadelphia Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey State Police, and the Philadelphia Police Department began a joint investigation of the defendant and other co-conspirators. Officers learned that the defendant was a heroin supplier, and that he supplied two female associates with bags of heroin and directed them to deliver the bags to customers in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area.
Investigators conducted several controlled buys of heroin from the defendant and his co-conspirators with the assistance of a cooperating witness at the Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and the Philadelphia Mills Mall (formerly Franklin Mills Mall) in Philadelphia. Laboratory analysis of the seized material confirmed the presence of heroin mixed with fentanyl. In July 2018, officers searched the defendant's home and found firearms, including a Colt .38 handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, half a kilogram of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, drug packaging paraphernalia and more than $100,000 cash.
'Jones and other members of this drug organization pumped huge quantities of deadly drugs into our community for years,' said Deputy U.S. Attorney Lappen. 'Drug trafficking is a serious federal offense which will earn those convicted of it serious time behind bars, as this sentence demonstrates. Our Office is determined to investigate and convict these criminals to keep the streets of our communities safer.'
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Philadelphia Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Bensalem Township Police, and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.