A Towson man pleaded guilty Thursday to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute drugs near a school and to being a felon in possession of firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.
Deandre Laquan Jones, aka “Cuz,” 27, is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in federal prison at a hearing scheduled for April 30, according to the office.
Jones distributed fentanyl, heroin and cocaine out of an apartment in Parkville that was rented by Tyrell Curry, a co-conspirator who has previously pleaded guilty, according to prosecutors. The apartment, according to online court records, was within 1,000 feet of Pine Grove Elementary School.
“Fentanyl and firearms are a deadly combination, and they are particularly unacceptable near our elementary schools. We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to get guns out of the hands of convicted felons and off of our streets, in order to reduce violent crime in our neighborhoods,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement.
When law enforcement officials conducted a search of the apartment, they recovered about 345 grams of fentanyl, cutting agents, digital scales and bags of packaging materials. They found two empty gun magazines, from which they recovered a latent print of Jones’ left thumb.
They found a custom-made coffee table that had a hidden compartment secured by a wireless lock. When the compartment was open, officers found 16 grams of fentanyl, 175 grams of heroin, 185 grams of crack cocaine, 173 grams of powder cocaine, a .410-caliber handgun and 19 rounds of ammunition.
At Jones’ residence, officers recovered three iPhones and an AK-47 loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition on a nightstand; the gun had been reported stolen in October 2018. A further search of the residence uncovered a money counter, $13,700 in cash, a 1 kilogram block of fentanyl, a loaded 9mm pistol which had been reported stolen in 2017, a total of 1.9 kilograms of cocaine and another 138 grams of heroin.
In Jones’ vehicle, officials found a fourth iPhone and two additional loaded guns. A forensic examination of the iPhones recovered messages between Jones and Curry “relating to drug trafficking, including discussions about the Parkville apartment, potential customers, sources of supply, possible police surveillance, and ammunition,” officials said.
On Jan. 31, 2019, and again on Feb. 11, 2019, Jones sold heroin to an undercover Baltimore County police officer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As part of the plea agreement, Jones will forfeit more than $13,000 in cash, a 2013 Lexus GS 350, the AK-47, and 30 7.62x39mm cartridges; a double-action revolver and 19 .410-caliber cartridges; two 9mm pistols and 26 9mm cartridges; and a .40-caliber pistol and 13 .40-caliber cartridges., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.