Twenty-eight year-old Adam Keith Jones was sentenced to prison time Monday on charges of distributing drugs.
Jones was charged with possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. He was sentenced to prison for almost 11 years. Authorities have accused Jones of being the leader of an operation spanning three NC counties and at least three other states.
The group distributed drugs over a five-year period from 2005 to 2010 by filling prescriptions they had acquired. Their operation included Iredell, Watauga, and Alexander counties, but the group also worked throughout Florida, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Authorities used searches, undercover activity, and license checks to produce over $33,000 in cash, multiple firearms, three automobiles, and almost 2,000 prescription tablets from the drug ring. Seven others involved were sentenced in the same case, five of which were from North Carolina.