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LEXINGTON, Ky. A Lexington man, Tevye Jones, 21, was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to 30 months in prison, by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for possessing a firearm as convicted felon and possession of cocaine.

On August 29, 2018, Lexington Police Department was attempting to locate a known gang fugitive. An investigatory stop was conducted of a vehicle with 4 occupants, including Jones.  As officers conducted a pat-down search of Jones, they discovered a Glock pistol in his left coat pocket. He also had a plastic bag containing 3.4 grams of cocaine. Jones was on parole for a state conviction for Robbery Second Degree when the offense occurred.

Jones pleaded guilty in November 2019.           

Under federal law, Jones must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Tommy Estevan, Acting Special Agent in Charge for ATF; and Chief Lawrence Weathers, Lexington Police Department, jointly made the announcement. 

The investigation was directed by the ATF and Lexington Police Department.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Rieker.This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan Jr., coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. Click here for more information about Project Guardian.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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