A Brick man has pleaded guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and carrying a weapon while being barred from weapons ownership, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Jahmal Jones, 34, of Brick, made a plea deal with prosecutors after being charged following a lengthy drug distribution investigation in June and July 2018. At the time of sentencing, the date of which has yet to be determined, the state will be seeking seven years with 42 months of parole ineligibility related to the drug charge and five years without parole related to the weapons charge.
On August 28, 2018, detectives executed search warrants upon Jones’ residence and vehicle in Brick Township, at which time they seized a significant amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia indicative of distribution purposes, $3,800 in cash, and a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun, prosecutors said. In pleading guilty to those charges, Jones also pleaded guilty to separate charges related to two additional arrests after the 2018 case broke.
Jones was charged with marijuana distribution in Lakewood and Barnegat in 2019, which were rolled into the most recent sentencing. Prosecutors will recommend three years in prison on each of those charges to run concurrently with the Brick charges.