A Wilmington man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison on drug and firearm charges.
Adrean Lamont Jones, 29, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine (PCP) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a news release from Don Connelly, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. On Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced Jones to 90 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.
On June 3, 2014, a deputy with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop after observing a vehicle swerving back and forth across the center lane on I-40. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. Jones, who was reportedly driving the car, refused to exit, Connelly said.
The investigation revealed Jones was under the influence of PCP, a schedule II controlled substance, at the time of the vehicle stop, Connelly said. While searching the vehicle, law enforcement found a loaded handgun and PCP.
According to federal court records, Jones was indicted Jan. 20 on charges of possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, PCP, and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. State Highway Parol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted the case for the government.