- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has fined a California man $10,000 and ordered prison for his efforts to finance the delivery of multiple kilos of cocaine and heroin from South Mississippi to Detroit.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1LWQwu6) Clifford Barnette Jones Sr., 56, of Pasadena, received a five-year prison term at his sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Mississippi. Judge Sul Ozerden ordered the prison term followed by three years of post-release supervision.

Federal court records show Jones had been given a bank account number on April 16, 2013, to make deposits to pay for the delivery of drugs. He received the number in a meeting in Waveland with a person identified in court papers as a confidential source. A total of $65,000 was deposited in the account between April 25, 2013, and Feb. 10, 2014.

Jones, his son and another man were arrested seven months ago when they thought they were meeting a drug supplier in a casino parking lot in Gulfport. They showed up Feb. 24 with $35,000, expecting to buy five kilos of cocaine and a kilo of heroin. The drug supplier was an undercover officer working for a Drug Enforcement Administration task force.

A federal grand jury indicted the men in March on drug-trafficking charges, including two conspiracy counts.

Each of them later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of interstate travel in aid of drug-racketeering enterprises.

Clifford Barnette Jones Jr., 25, of Roseville, Mich., and Mark Anthony Williams Sr., 46, of Harper Woods, Mich., are now serving time in prison.

Jones Jr. and Williams were each fined $5,000 in July and sentenced to 42 months in prison.

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