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The Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

NORRISTOWN — A Philadelphia woman has been sent to jail for conspiring with a man in the delivery of heroin to detectives during undercover drug buys in Upper Merion.

Mercedes Jones, 32, of the 4100 block of Greeby Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver heroin in connection with incidents that occurred in June 2017 on the parking lot of the King of Prussia Mall.

Judge Wendy G. Rothstein also ordered Jones to complete two years’ probation following parole, meaning Jones will be under court supervision for about four years. Rothstein ordered Jones to report to the jail on July 29 to begin serving the sentence.

Jones is eligible for the jail’s work release program during her period of incarceration.

James K. Jones, 37, also of the Greeby Street address, previously pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child and is awaiting sentencing in connection with the same incidents, according to court records.

Court papers do not indicate the exact nature of the relationship between Mercedes and James Jones. However, James Jones, when talking with undercover detectives during the investigation, referred to Mercedes as “his girl,” according to a criminal complaint.

Court papers also indicated that a child, estimated to be about 4 years old, was in the back seat of a vehicle occupied by James and Mercedes Jones during some of the drug transactions.

The investigation began on June 21, 2017, when an undercover county detective met James Jones on the parking lot of the mall at 9:38 a.m. at which time James Jones sold the detective seven bundles of heroin in exchange for $500, according to a criminal complaint. Each bundle contained 13 smaller bags of heroin, authorities alleged.

The undercover detective arranged to meet James Jones again on the mall parking lot on June 29 to purchase 10 bundles of heroin for $700, according to an arrest affidavit. At 9:30 a.m. James Jones directed the detective to walk to a parked gold-colored Buick vehicle and said that “his girl was in the car and she would be supplying him with the heroin,” according to the criminal complaint. Detectives alleged Mercedes Jones handed the drugs to the detective.

“(The detective) also noticed a young child approximately 4 years old in the rear seat of the Buick,” authorities wrote in the arrest affidavit.

During a third drug transaction on July 7, 2017, on the mall parking lot, the undercover detective arranged to meet James Jones to trade 100 Percocet pills and $100 for 20 bundles of heroin, according to the arrest affidavit. The detective entered a Buick vehicle operated by James Jones to complete the drug transaction.

“(The detective) observed Mercedes Jones in the rear passenger seat behind James Jones who was the driver,” authorities wrote in the arrest affidavit, adding the same child observed during the June 29 drug transaction was in a car seat behind the passenger seat.

When James Jones handed the undercover detective the 20 bundles of heroin in exchange for the prescription pills, other detectives moved in and took James and Mercedes Jones into custody, according to the criminal complaint.

Detectives alleged that when they searched the Greeby Street home where James and Mercedes Jones resided they seized nearly 200 bags of heroin.

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