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2 more members of local, family-run heroin trafficking ring sentenced to combined 21 years in prison

Photos: Mug shots from September 2019 arrests in Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina
Posted at 9:59 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 21:59:48-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Two Portsmouth men were was sentenced to a combined 21 years in prison for their respective roles in a family-run heroin trafficking organization in which members trafficked at least one kilogram of heroin throughout Hampton Roads and sold a number of different firearms with their drugs.

Court documents say 27-year-old Dominic Donta Jones and 24-year-old Raewkon Akil Pierce were members of the Jones DTO, which was run by Malcolm Jones, Sr., Jones and Pierce’s father. The organization operated at least three drug premises, including the “Court,” a residence serving as the distribution point for Jones Sr.’s drugs —heroin, fentanyl, Acetyl fentanyl, crack and powder cocaine.

Since the beginning of 2017, records say the Court serviced 50 to 100 customers a day until authorities shut down the operation on September 11, 2019, and more than a dozen people were indicted for their alleged roles in multiple cities throughout the Tidewater area. During that time, Jones and Pierce stayed at the Court, managed drug trafficking efforts there and stockpiled firearms there to protect their drug trade.

Jones also sold a handgun during one of his heroin transactions, and that heroin turned out to be a mixture of fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl.

This case is part of Operation High Tide, a proactive, large-scale narcotics trafficking and firearms investigation that focused on high-impact targets driving crime in some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in Hampton Roads.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

Note: There is no mugshot for Pierce at this time.

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