WR man sentenced to 15 years for trafficking cocaine

WARNER ROBINS — A Warner Robins man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $400,000 in fines and statutory fees after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine and other drug-related charges, a Houston County prosecutor said Wednesday.

Amechi Ameen Jones, 22, pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court to trafficking cocaine, distribution of cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, District Attorney Kelly Burke said. Judge Katherine K. Lumsden also sentenced Jones to 15 years probation after he completes his prison term.

His guilty plea and sentencing came late Monday afternoon, derailing what was expected to be a jury trial, Burke said.

On Oct. 26, 2006, Houston County sheriff’s deputies raided Jones’ residence at 312 Arnold Blvd. As Jones ran, he threw down more than 28 grams of 77 percent pure crack cocaine, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Wednesday.

On Nov. 13, 2006, Houston County sheriff’s deputies stopped a car for speeding in Warner Robins. A K-9 deputy was alerted to drugs.

Jones, a passenger, had 13 bags of marijuana on him, the release said. The marijuana was valued at $1,600.

In March and April 2008, Warner Robins police made three different undercover purchases of crack cocaine valued at $500, $450 and $350 from Jones and another man, Danny Causey, 24, of Warner Robins, according to the release. Causey is awaiting trial, Burke said, on cocaine distribution charges.

Senior Assistant District Attorney George Hartwig, who prosecuted the case, described Jones as a “big time drug dealer.”

“It’s good to see him go off to prison and good to see him off the streets of Houston County,” Hartwig said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call (478) 923-3109, extension 243.