Baltimore County man sentenced to 10 years for selling heroin, cocaine

Baltimore County man sentenced to 10 years for selling heroin, cocaine

A Baltimore County man was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison at a plea hearing Wednesday, after he was found guilty of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute in two separate cases.

Heze Jones Jr., 29, of Owings Mills, pleaded not guilty with agreement to the state's version of the facts to both charges.

In the first case, police found 82 grams of heroin, which has a street value of about $8,000, on Jones' person, according to the statement of facts that was read by Carroll County Deputy State's Attorney Ned Coyne. In the second case, police found 34 bags of crack cocaine, according to the statement. The charges stemmed from two cases three months apart, Coyne said.

Initially, Jones was charged in three cases with possession of a narcotic with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute near a school, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance, five counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and four counts of possession of paraphernalia, according to electronic court files.

Coyne told Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Fred S. Hecker that Maryland sentencing guidelines recommend between 22 and 34 years for the offenses, because he was on probation for one of the offenses and he had a prior violation of probation. Coyne said after the hearing that he was disappointed.

"He's clearly someone who was dealing both heroin and cocaine in the community. It was appropriate to have a sentence within the guidelines. The guidelines are set up by a commission in Maryland; any sentence within those guidelines is usually deemed reasonable, so we are disappointed the sentence was 12 years below the sentencing guidelines," Coyne said after the hearing.

Jones received two sentences for being found guilty of two charges: 15 years at the Maryland Division of Corrections with five years suspended and 15 years with 10 years suspended, to be served concurrently. Under orders from Hecker, Jones will be on supervised probation for five years upon release. He received two $500 fines, one of which was suspended.

Before being sentenced, Jones said to Hecker, "I take full accountability for getting caught up with these drugs."

Jones said he knew what he was doing was wrong but did it because he was struggling to support his family.

"I was under pressure; there were plenty of times I wanted to go back," Jones said. "I was just looking for some way to make money, and it came in quick — but to lose everything, it wasn't worth it."

Coyne asked that the sentence be within the guidelines and without the eligibility for parole.

"He is a businessman," Coyne said, addressing Hecker. "He's somebody who is making money by selling heroin."

Coyne said heroin overdoses are a growing problem not just in Carroll County, but across the state.

"He needs to be held accountable," Coyne said.

Jones' attorney, Brad Bauhof, said after the hearing: "I was very pleased with the outcome considering where this case began. … Because of the motion we filed, one case was dismissed."

Bauhof said Jones plans to file an appeal.

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