(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Matt “Mack” Jones, 36, of Bensalem, PA was convicted at trial of heroin trafficking and gun charges following a four day trial.
In January 2018, New Jersey State Police, the Philadelphia DEA, and the Philadelphia Police Department began a joint investigation of the defendant and other co-conspirators. Officers learned that the defendant was a supplier of heroin, 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, NJ and the Philadelphia Mills (formerly Franklin Mills) in Philadelphia, PA. 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 U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Drug trafficking is an inherently dangerous business and the traffickers ultimately deliver destruction to our communities. Our office is determined to investigate and convict these criminals, and put them behind bars.”
Jones faces a potential sentence of 35 years’ to lifetime imprisonment under federal sentencing laws.