The last of 17 defendants was sentenced for his participation in an extensive drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating between California and the Southern District of West Virginia.
Oyontikeyta V. Jones, 43, of Beckley, was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison on December 10 for conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine and 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
According to court documents, between June 2018 and September 17, 2019, Jones worked with other members of a DTO to facilitate the distribution of methamphetamine in Raleigh County.
During this time period, Jones had methamphetamine shipped from California to southern West Virginia. On August 9, 2019, a package from California was delivered to a residence in Bluefield. Jones directed the recipient of that package to take it to Raleigh County and meet him at a specified location. After Jones was picked up by the other member, a traffic stop was made in Beckley on the car in which Jones was a passenger.
When the law enforcement officer approached the car, Jones fled on foot but was later apprehended at a nearby business. During a search of the car, officers found the package that had just been shipped from California. The package contained approximately two pounds of methamphetamine.
On August 6, 2019, officers with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department approached Jones while he was stopped on the side of the road. Officers found a Glock, model 26, 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Earlier that same day, Jones was observed on video surveillance possessing that same firearm. Jones knew that he was prohibited from possessing any firearm due to being convicted of a felony offense in California.
United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the cooperative investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, the Beckley Police Department, and the West Virginia State Police.
Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentence.