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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.

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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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31.

Anya    

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

1270 days ago
32.

common sense    

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

1270 days ago
33.

Mike Rowave    

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

1270 days ago
34.

Brad     

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

1270 days ago
35.

Carvey    

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
36.

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
37.

Bubbajk    

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
38.

en Todo Momento!!    

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

1270 days ago
39.

Cartman    

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

1270 days ago
40.

MusicMaven    

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

1270 days ago
41.

mat    

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

1270 days ago
42.

john    

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
43.

chzbrgrmachne    

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
44.

Jodi    

Pookie 5 hours ago

He live in California?

If yes,

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

1270 days ago
45.

karebear    

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

1270 days ago
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