Robert Michael Jones

Robert Michael Jones

A Pittsburg County man, already serving a pair of suspended sentences, has been arrested on felony drug complaints for the second time this year.

Robert Michael Jones, 67, of Canadian, is charged with four felony counts in connection with his Nov. 11 arrest by Pittsburg County Sheriff’s deputies in Longtown, according to court documents. He remained in the Pittsburg County Jail under a total $30,000 bond as of early Tuesday.

Jones is charged in Pittsburg County District Court with felony counts of:

• Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine.

• Possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, methamphetamine.

• Maintaining a place for keeping and selling drugs. He’s accused of selling drugs out of a store he operates in Longtown called Jonesy’s Trading Post, according to court documents.

• Unlawful use of a police radio, for allegedly possessing and operating a mobile radio capable of police transmissions while committing the offense of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

Jones pleaded innocent to the charges during a initial court appearance held Monday at the Pittsburg County Courthouse. Special District Judge Mindy Beare set a Nov. 17 preliminary hearing conference.

District 18 First Assistant District Attorney Adam Scharn also filed a supplemental information in the case, showing Jones had previous Pittsburg County felony convictions in October 2017 and in April 2002.

Jones was already serving two 10-year suspended sentences when deputies arrested him in connection with the latest charges. The Nov. 11 arrest marked the second time in less than six months that Pittsburg County Deputy Randy Hass arrested Jones in connection with drug offenses.

The Nov. 11 arrest came after an undercover Pittsburg County sheriff’s deputy who was inside Jonesy’s Trading Post, along State Highway 9 East in Longtown, overheard Jones talking to someone on the phone about selling pills, according to allegations in court documents. Jones then offered to sell him some methamphetamine, court documents allege.

Hass and an officer with the District 18 Narcotics Task Force then met with the deputy who said he’d overheard the conversation and set up a drug buy, court documents state. Once the alleged transaction occurred, law enforcement officers made an initial sweep of the building for officer safety and then came back to McAlester and obtained a search warrant, according to court documents.

During a search of the building, law enforcement officers allegedly found methamphetamine and cash, as well as a radio scanner that was scanning the sheriff office’s frequency, allegations in court documents state.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said deputies found approximately eight grams of methamphetamine, several pills, scales and items used for packaging drugs to sell.

Two other individuals, identified as David Wayne Frey, 54, of Bixby, and Robert Jack Files, 60, of Stigler, were arrested at the site and charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substances, according to court documents. Two other individuals were picked up on outstanding warrants, but had not been charged with any new offenses, as of early Tuesday.

Jones had received the two 10-year suspended sentences less than a month ago.

On Oct. 23, 2017, he pleaded guilty to amended charges of “simple possession” and felon in possession of a firearm in connection with offenses which occurred on May 27, 2017, according to court records. Pittsburg County Associate District Judge Tim Mills handed down 10-year suspended sentences on each count as part of a plea bargain agreement. Jones was also fined $100 on each count and also assessed various court-related fees.

Also on Oct. 23, three other felonies filed on May 27 were dismissed on a state’s motion filed by prosecutors. The charges dismissed on Oct. 23 included maintaining a place for selling a controlled substance, use of a surveillance camera to avoid detection when committing a felony and unlawful use of a police radio.

After Jones pleaded guilty on Oct. 23, he was discharged and his bond exonerated, according to court records.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com

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James Beaty is senior editor at the McAlester News-Capital