Federal Jury Convicts Pensacola Man Kiondi E. Jones Of Armed Drug Trafficking

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe, of the Northern District of Florida,
announced that on Tuesday of this week, Kiondi E. Jones, 36, of Pensacola, was found guilty by a
Pensacola federal jury on multiple charges involving drug trafficking and illegal firearms

Evidence at trial revealed that on November 9, 2018, the Narcotics Unit of the Pensacola Police
Department executed a lawful search warrant at a residence on West Belmont Street in Pensacola.
Upon knocking and announcing their presence to execute the warrant, Jones jumped out of his bedroom
window in an attempt to flee capture.  Officers with the Pensacola Police Department were stationed
as perimeter security and captured Jones as he attempted to make flight.  Jones left behind in his
bedroom trafficking amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.  In his bedroom, law
enforcement also located a digital scale used to weigh the illicit drugs for distribution,
adulterant to volumize the drugs for larger sale quantities, and hundreds of dollars in United
States currency.

The Pensacola Police Department also seized a loaded Colt .45 caliber pistol from Jones’s bedroom
that was located next to the drugs and currency.  The firearm was being used to protect the drug
distribution business Jones was operating from the residence.  Jones, who is a multi- convicted
felon, did not have the right to lawfully possess this firearm nor the extra boxes of ammunition
found in the bedroom.  Jones has prior state court convictions for crimes such a drug trafficking,
resisting arrest, and tampering with evidence.

“We are grateful for the work of the Pensacola Police Department and the effort of the men and
women of the police force who risk their lives executing judicially authorized search warrants in
an effort to combat illegal drug trafficking and firearm possession in our community,” said United
States Attorney Keefe.  “As demonstrated by this prosecution, federal law enforcement
working side-by-side with Pensacola Police Department is making the community safer.”

Assistant United States Attorneys David L. Goldberg and Kaitlin Weiss are prosecuting the case
following a joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the
Pensacola Police Department.

Based upon his multiple prior state court felony convictions, Jones faces up to thirty years’
imprisonment on the drug trafficking charges and up to life imprisonment on the firearm charges.  A
sentencing date has been set for January 21, 2020, at 10:30 am at the United States Courthouse in

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that
serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access
public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Florida website.  For more information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of
Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.