A former Jackson police officer has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for extortion by use of his position as a police officer.
U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan sentenced 45-year-old Jones to the jail time plus three years of supervised release.
While working as a JPD officer, Jones violated the Hobbs Act by taking cash during a stop from undercover FBI agents and never recording or placing the money in Jackson Police Department evidence. At the time of the stop, Jones was carrying his service pistol holstered on his belt and driving his patrol car.
A confidential source called Jones in order to provide him with the location where he would find who Jones thought was a drug dealer but was really an undercover agent.
Jones, acting in his capacity as a police officer, conducted illegal searches and seized $4,000 and $5,000, respectively. He later split the money with the confidential source and never recorded the money or turned it over to the Jackson Police Department.