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Cornell Jones is was a drug kingpin in the Washington, D.C. area during the 1970s and 1980s.
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He set up outlets all over the world, and then used them to regularly ship large quantities of product to Hanover Place. Jones' wide variety of drug offerings-known for their high quality and generous amounts-helped to create the first "open air" drug market in the country. Lines of users and dealers looking for fair prices often wrapped around the block, and Jones frequently spent $200,000 a week employing soldiers and lieutenants to keep his 24-hour a day franchise going.
By the mid-1980s,
Jones started using his ill-gotten gains to purchase legitimate businesses, including real estate and nightclubs. He had also assembled a management company that handled his purchases. The excess of wealth gained the attention of authorities, who set up a sting operation. On October 29, 1985, Jones met with a dealer, who was actually a wired informant. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess. Search warrants revealed the rest of his crimes, including millions of dollars in illegal assets.
Jones negotiated a deal of nine to 27 years in prison in 1986, and was sent to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was released in 1995, and began work at a family business in his Hanover neighborhood. He currently volunteers work at the nonprofit Miracle Hands, which helps rehabilitate ex-cons.
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