WASHINGTON – He was part of a drug ring with members that federal prosecutors hunted down. Now, a man whose criminal history spans 40 years will spend the next 15 in Virginia’s prisons.
Prosecutors investigating an organized prescription drug ring say the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office tracked Jether M. Jones III to a Leesburg, Virginia, CVS pharmacy where he was filling a fake prescription for Oxycodone.
“Detective [Cuno] Anderson happened to be in the CVS pharmacy when Mr. Jones walked in, passing a fake prescription,” says prosecutor Russet Perry with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.
Jones was charged with uttering a forged prescription, prescription fraud and possession of heroin. Prosecutors say Jones used DEA numbers stolen from different doctors, including one on the Baltimore Orioles’ staff. And Jones has been convicted of prescription fraud before, Perry says: “From the time he was 18 years old, he’s gotten charge after charge after charge.”
The jury deliberated for hours, Perry says, considering Jones’ record of skipping out on serving his time in prior convictions, including a murder conviction in Maryland, and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.