"El Chapo Jr." Takes Plea Deal to Dramatically Reduce Possible Sentencing

Daniel E. Jones, allegedly known throughout certain criminal syndicates as “El Chapo Jr.,” recently plead guilty to federal drug charges in order to pave the way towards a plea deal. When he was arrested in April of last year, it followed an extended standoff with police and law enforcement agents. He would be charged with four counts of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl – a powerful painkiller believed to be the leading cause of overdose deaths in many cities throughout the country – as well as firearms possession as a felon.

He currently has an extensive criminal record, including numerous felony charges like drug trafficking and OVI. This history was likely to tip the favor of the court away from him.

Due to his guilty plea, the prosecution cut his charges effectively in half, dropping two of the four counts. Additionally, the amount of fentanyl found in his possession was stripped from the charges. He allegedly had 400+ grams of the illicit substance, which would place a high minimum sentencing requirement if convicted. Removal of that language in the actual charges also removes the necessity of a minimum sentence.

If Jones had not worked with Attorney Gounaris of Gouaris Abboud, LPA to secure the plea bargain, he could have been incarcerated for 30 years and fined more than $1 million upon conviction. Due to the plea deal, it is believed that he will be sentenced to about 12 or 13 years instead. Jones’s official sentencing will occur on July 13th, unless circumstances move the date.

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