Jones was convicted of a drug conspiracy involving a childhood friend whom he was trying to help. The incident was part of a DEA sting operation wherein Jones' childhood friend was involved in a drug debt and tried to get out of it by requesting money from Jones. He was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. On December 16, 2010, Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy and on June 22, 2011, Jones was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison and three years probation. Jones received leniency from the Judge due to the "minor role" he played in the plot. On December 6, 2011, Jones began serving his sentence at the Lompoc Correctional Complex in California. He was released on October 12, 2012 after serving 10 months. Jones was released from probation one and a half years early due to commendations from the Judge for his extensive volunteer work with the inner city youth and the homeless.