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City Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charge

A Jamestown man who had been wanted on a parole violation pleaded guilty in federal court to a drug possession charge.

Earl Stone Jr., 28, appeared before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara and entered the plea to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stone was taken into custody Jan. 23, 2019, for violating terms of his parole. The city man was located at a West Seventh Street residence with Shaquelle Coleman, who was also wanted on a parole violation.

Stone had what appeared to be floor insulation on his clothing; a search of the attic turned up what authorities believed was crack cocaine as well as a digital scale and three cellphone.

“A review of the three cellular telephones recovered several text messages coordinating the sale of narcotics,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Charges remain pending against Coleman.

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