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Longtime cocaine dealer back behind bars

58-year-old with lengthy criminal history being held on $150,000 bond

Donald G. Jones
Donald G. Jones

STERLING – A Sterling man with a long history of drug convictions is back behind bars, again accused of dealing cocaine.

Donald G. Jones, 58, was arrested Wednesday and charged with delivery of a controlled substance, less than a gram; delivery of a controlled substance, less than a gram, within 1,000 feet of a park; delivery of a controlled substance, 1 to 15 grams; and delivery of a controlled substance, 1 to 15 grams, within 1,000 feet of a park. The latter is the most serious charge and carries a sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison.

Jones sold the drug to an informant in the 200 block of 12th Avenue in Sterling at the end of June and the beginning of July, Detective Sgt. Steve Hubbard said.

He was in Whiteside County Jail Thursday on $150,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing next Thursday.

More charges are pending, Hubbard said.

Jones has multiple felony convictions in Whiteside County, dating back 25 years.

According to online court records, Jones was sentenced to 5 years on a narcotics charge in 1998; 2 years for aggravated DUI and driving while license revoked in 1990; 2 years for being a felon in possession of a weapon in 1991; 15 years for dealing cocaine in 1993; 1 year for unlawful restraint in 1994 (aggravated battery, criminal sexual assault and felon in possession of a weapon charges were dropped); and 12 years for dealing cocaine near a park in 2002 (six other counts of dealing cocaine were dropped).

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