Bob is a non-violent drug offender.
ROBERT JONAS # 14867-050 'Bob'
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
2680 301 SOUTH
JESUP, GA 31599
Register Number: 14867-050
Located at: Jesup FCI
Release Date: LIFE
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Broward Men Get Life In Smuggling Scheme
Robert Jonas, 75, was convicted of conspiracy to possess, import, and 2 1/4 tons of cocaine and 3 1/2 tons of marijuana -distribute marijuana in 1992 and sentenced to LWOP when he was 52 years old.
Jonas says he has struggled since 1963, when, at age 25, he was wrongly diagnosed with cancer. The misdiagnosis led to unnecessary surgeries and radiation treatment that has left him, in his words, “‘half-sick’ ever since.”
After graduating from college in 1966, Bob gradually descended into alcoholism. He began a career as an accountant and, after receiving treatment, quit drinking alcohol for good in December 1982.
Around this time, Robert became involved in marijuana smuggling. In early 1991, under suspicion that Jonas and others were tied to the Cali drug cartel of Colombia, customs agents set up a reverse sting operation in which agents and two confidential informants transported 7,000 pounds of marijuana from Colombia to New Jersey in exchange for $9 million. On May 30, 1991, Jonas and three other men who were also targeted were arrested after driving to the pre-arranged site for the drug sale.
The court found that Jonas and one of his alleged co-conspirators, Eduardo Mantilla, were the ringleaders behind the largest marijuana importation scheme in New Jersey history and sentenced both men to LWOP. Eduardo died in prison according to BOP Deceased: 04/26/2014.
At trial, Jonas asserted that he was a mere “go-betweener” in an international drug conspiracy. According to Jonas, he was a low-level employee, primarily keeping accounting records, and he never possessed a weapon or did his own drug deal.
He has taken responsibility for helping to set up the deal, but said that “the crime could not have happened but for the government and their agents provocateurs.” According to Jonas, the confidential informants were paid $400,000 and $250,000, for their roles in the operation.
Jonas has served 22 years in prison and is now 75. In his spare time, he helps other prisoners with their studies and teaches accounting. Jonas says he enjoys reading, playing the trumpet, solving puzzles, and taming wild cats. He has been written up for a single disciplinary infraction: keeping a cat in his cell. If released from prison, Jonas would go home and adopt a few cats.