Syracuse man who sold crack to deputies, trafficked drugs in Clinton County, feds say –

Syracuse, N.Y. — A 42-year-old Syracuse man accused of selling crack to law enforcement and trafficking cocaine in Clinton County pled guilty in federal court Thursday, prosecutors said.
Marquail Jones pled guilty to possessing and intending to distribute controlled substances, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Norther District of New York.
Prior to his guilty plea, Jones told investigators he distributed 82 grams of cocaine (just under 3 ounces) to an individual in Schuyler Falls, N.Y, on Dec. 18, 2020, prosecutors said.
A short time before the sale in Schuyler Falls, Jones sold just under a gram of crack cocaine to an undercover Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office deputy on two separate occasions, according to federal court documents.
On Dec. 18, 2020, after Jones sold the 82 grams of cocaine, he was pulled over by local law enforcement in Plattsburgh, prosecutors said.
During a search of his 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, police found approximately 8.8 grams of crack cocaine, 82 grams of cocaine and 38.3 grams of fentanyl. They also found around $15,000 in cash.
As a result of his guilty plea, Jones faces 3 to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of $1 million.
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