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Charlottesville Man Sentenced for Selling Drugs

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Evidence seized by JADE in connection with Jones investigation Evidence seized by JADE in connection with Jones investigation
Evidence seized by JADE in connection with Jones investigation Evidence seized by JADE in connection with Jones investigation
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A Charlottesville man will be spending the next few years in prison for dealing drugs.

Jason Leo Jones went before Judge Humes Franklin in Charlottesville Circuit Court Friday, October 12.

Judge Franklin sentenced Jones to 10 years in prison, but with six years suspended.

"I'm sorry, it's [drug dealing in Charlottesville] got to stop and it starts right here," said the judge to Jones.

Jones told the court that he is sorry.

The Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) Task Force searched Jones' home on Old Lynchburg back on February 27. Authorities seized roughly 249 grams of cocaine, 155 grams of marijuana, and other drug-related paraphernalia.

In September, Jones entered a guilty plea to one count of distribution of a controlled substance.

Jay Galloway, Jones' attorney, said Friday that his client accepted responsibility for his crimes early. Galloway said Jones openly admitted that he started selling drugs because, "he got lazy and didn't want to go to work," and it was a means to provide money to his family.