A Wilmington man is facing at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal gun and drug charges.
Jamal Maddox, 32, pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, said United States Attorney for the District of Delaware Charles Oberly III.
Maddox faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a possible life term behind bars when sentenced in March.
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Maddox was found last year with about $968,000 in cash, which he intended to use to buy at least five kilograms of cocaine from several co-defendants, who were trying to set up a cocaine shipment route from Columbia to Delaware with the assistance of a Mexican supplier, said prosecutors.
"Jamal Maddox pled guilty to trafficking a significant amount of cocaine and possessed a substantial amount of money and firearms to expand and protect his drug-trafficking activities," said Gary Tuggle, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Philadelphia Field Division. "The collaboration of all the agencies involved in Operation Bear Trap led to the successful disruption of Maddox’s criminal activities."