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'E.R.' Actor -- I Sold Drugs To Repay Mexican Cartel

5/3/2011 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A former "E.R." actor claims he ONLY agreed to take part in a major drug operation to help his best friend pay off a debt to a deadly Mexican drug cartel ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.


Sam Jones -- who also starred in "Smallville" and "Blue Mountain State" -- wants a judge to go easy on him ... despite having pled guilty  to conspiracy to sell more than 10,000 pills of oxycodone.

The feds want Jones to spend 70 months in prison -- but Jones says it's an unfair sentence because his only intention was to raise enough cash to save his friend from certain doom.

According to court docs, Jones says his childhood friend, a drug dealer named Tom Cataloni believed he was on the hook to a Mexican drug cartel to the tune of $90,000.

Jones says rather than let his friend get killed, he agreed to slang some pills to help raise the cash ... only to find out, there was no Mexican drug cartel ... and the whole thing was a DEA set up.

Jones says he only played a "minor role" in the conspiracy -- and therefore wants a reduced sentence.

Jones is set to face the judge on June 22.


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Lock this guy up.... he's so stupid that he's dangerous!

1270 days ago

common sense    

Why couldn't his friend do his own dirty work? I doubt mexican cartels cry about $90,000 too.

1270 days ago

Mike Rowave    

Umm... So its OK to sell drugs if you're only in it 'cause you need the money?!?!?!

1270 days ago


Too bad, so sad! Were you not thinking clearly? Who would believe a black man would not get involved in a drug deal?

1270 days ago


Sorry Sam, but that story might fly if you were Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton but you aren't. Enjoy the state penitentiary.

1270 days ago

richard pierce    

Typical! Do the crime you moron, do the time! Lock his stupid black ass up for the maximum! Frigging crybaby!

1270 days ago


Can a human being be so stupid to ask for a reduction of his sentence because HE DID IT, but reasons that it is OK because it was to help his childhood friend, a drug dealer, who was in trouble with higher up drug dealers? Did he even listen to that crap? 70 months? He should be locked away for 70 years so he can't hurt himself!

1270 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

i make these kinds of stories up alllllllll the time. no biggie.

1270 days ago


So his defense is that he is stupid, right? Good luck with that, bro.

1270 days ago


Riiight... You need to practice THAT one, ya drug dealin' FOOL!

1270 days ago


Ye olde "I was holden for a friend" defense. Always so successful.

1270 days ago


thats funny....first time offenfer non-violent crime in california...slap on the wrist...over 10,000 pills busted 3 year suspended sentnece 60 days cal-trans, 10 week drug course then felony expunged if he does it right...two weeks LA county jail tops...

1270 days ago


Pretty weak story, dude. Maybe you should have kept the number to some of the writers for E.R. and Smallville. They could come up with better material than a childhood friend and a Mexican drug cartel.

Enjoy your 70 months rent free. You're welcome from all the taxpayers picking up the tab.

1270 days ago


Pookie 5 hours ago

He live in California?

If yes,

His s**t might fly!
LMAO...I know.

1270 days ago


AND it wasn't Paris' coke in her bag either

1270 days ago
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