A Washington Park man ran a drug house and used minors to distribute drugs is being released early from prison.
Twaine Jones, 43, was one of 58 federal convicts who had their sentences commuted Thursday by President Barack Obama.
Jones is set to be released on Sept. 2. He was sentenced in 2000 to 30 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
His sentence was later reduced to 27 years in 2008.
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Jones also was fined $5,000 and ordered to have five years of supervised released.
A federal drug task force assigned to Washington Park arrested Jones, which led to his conviction and imprisonment.
Testimony during Jones’ trial revealed he ran a drug house in Washington Park and used minors to distribute drugs.
When law enforcement executed a search warrant at Jones’ house in 1998, they found more than 5 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of crack cocaine, and 3 ounces of cocaine.
Jones also had a 1996 drug conviction in St. Clair County, but the case was reversed by an appellate court.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Jones is being held in a federal correctional institution in Memphis, Tenn.
Jones is the second metro-east man to have his sentenced commuted by Obama in recent months.
Ernest Spiller, 63, of East St. Louis, was convicted in 2000 for distributing 28,000 grams of crack cocaine in a drug operation he ran from his home, had his 29-year sentence reduced in March. Spiller is scheduled to be released in July.
Thursday’s 58 commutations, including 18 who were given life sentences, are part of a broader effort to overhaul the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders.
Most of those whose sentences were cut short on Thursday are now due out on Sept. 2, though some will be released over the next two years.
Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement that the prisoners have been “granted a second chance to lead productive and law-abiding lives.”
The Justice Department revamped the clemency process two years ago to encourage more applications from nonviolent federal offenders.