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Former LRPD Officer Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

The judge cited several factors he considered while determining the sentence, including recordings of Jones telling a confidential FBI informant that he would turn to crime if he ever lost his job.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A former Little Rock Police officer charged with drug trafficking has been sentenced to 104 months in prison.

Mark Jones was sentenced Wednesday morning after pleading guilty to the charge. As part of his sentence, the judge ruled that Jones participate in education and vocation programs while in prison, and go on probation for 4 years upon release.

Last June, Jones and fellow LRPD officer Randall Robinson were arrested after conspiring to aid and distribute over 1,000 pounds of marijuana. The report showed they were also charged for possessing a firearm while committing a drug trafficking crime.

The judge cited several factors he considered while determining the sentence, including the stark contrast in the former officer's record, which was clean in the 1990s, and now includes a guilty plea to felony drug trafficking. The judge also pointed to tape recordings presented to the court of Jones telling a confidential FBI informant that he would turn to crime if he ever lost his job.

In the recordings, Jones also told the informant that he had a large collection of notepads filled with people's names and social security numbers, including drivers he'd pulled over and other suspects or citizens he may have contacted while on duty.

After the sentencing, Jones' attorney requested that his client be separated from the general population so he could avoid the possibilities of being recognized as a former police officer or seeing someone he'd previously arrested. The judge denied the request.

Jones was taken into custody immediately following the sentencing.
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