Nevada man admits meth, cocaine, gun charges

2012-03-15T16:30:00Z 2012-08-08T08:51:05Z Nevada man admits meth, cocaine, gun chargesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Nevada man accused of trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine and illegally selling a gun to an undercover agent admitted federal charges on Thursday.

Thaddeus Clinton Jones, 35, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to all 16 counts against him in an indictment. Jones and two co-defendants were indicted as part of a large firearms and drug investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd said in court records that Jones and another person last year contacted an undercover agent in Billings and twice delivered nearly an ounce of pure meth to the agent.

Jones also conspired with another person to distribute cocaine on numerous occasions to an undercover agent, Hurd said. And in April, Jones, who has a felony conviction in Texas, sold the agent a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, she said.

Co-defendant Tamra Michelle Brister of Billings has pleaded guilty to charges and is awaiting sentencing. The other co-defendant, Ezekiel Donte Barry of Houston, Texas, has pleaded not guilty.

Jones faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison on the meth conspiracy count.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for June 14. Jones remains in custody.



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