TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Terre Haute man has been sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison for illegal possession of a firearm and drug trafficking.

After pleading guilty to the distribution of cocaine and the possession of a firearm despite being a convicted felon, Emmanuel Dareon Jones, 30, of Terre Haute, Indiana was sentenced to a total of 135 months in federal prison.

According to a release from the Department of Justice, an investigation led law enforcement to believe Jones had violated his probation by selling drugs in July 2018. A few months later, on Sept. 19, 2018, Jones, still on probation, was in a vehicle and was stopped by officers when they found a large sum of money on his person. 

Being previously convicted of four felonies relating to drug charges, Jones’ probation prevented him from legally owning a firearm. Jones’ residence was searched following the conditions of his probation waiver. 

While searching Jones’ residence, officers found multiple firearms, including a loaded pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun, and an assault-style rifle with a 30-round magazine. Officers also found multiple drugs and paraphernalia such as a vacuum seal machine, a digital scale, large amounts of marijuana, and around $134,500 from Jones’ residence. 

Jones confirmed that the firearms and marijuana belonged to him and he admitted to selling marijuana in a recorded interview with THPD.

“Multiple felony convictions did not deter the defendant from continuing to deal drugs and illegally arm himself, including possessing an assault rifle with an extended magazine—even while on probation,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers. “The serious federal prison sentence imposed today demonstrates that law enforcement agencies will work to keep the public safe through prosecution of armed drug dealers. We are grateful to the Terre Haute Police Department and ATF for their work in getting these drugs and guns off the street and out of our communities.”

Jones was also ordered to 3 years probation following his release from prison.