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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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46.

Kitten    

lmao. I'm sure that excuse will work for him. Shoulda said he was doing it for charity....

1186 days ago
47.

CrashAndBurn    

Should've consulted with Tron Carter's attorney. He would've had you out in no time.

1185 days ago
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jacksonfive210    

Damn hes lucky he only got alittle under 6 years!!!!!! Getting caught with that many oxys is no joke most people who get caught with that many pills get alot longer!!!! He's gonna make bubba real happy when he gets in hahaha

1185 days ago
49.

jacksonfive210    

Damn hes lucky he only got alittle under 6 years!!!!!! Getting caught with that many oxys is no joke most people who get caught with that many pills get alot longer!!!! He's gonna make bubba real happy when he gets in hahaha

1185 days ago
50.

jacksonfive210    

sorry for the double post

1185 days ago
51.

Darvon    

Yea, Yea, Yea, We all have heard it before.

1185 days ago
52.

who dat    

Give him 70 months. plus add a few years on top for that weak ass story. He's an actor and he couldn't draw 90k from his bank account. Lock his ass up.

1185 days ago
53.

master of news    

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1185 days ago
54.

Sheila    

Well... there you have it... I commited a crime to help a friend...I should get a free pass.

1185 days ago
55.

Jan    

Anyone remember him appearing on ER?

Anyone?

1185 days ago
56.

jackmama311    

maybe he can ask superman to fly around the earth counter clockwise and reverse time so he can make a different choice.

1185 days ago
57.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Didn't he know he's not a big enough celebrity to get away with that kind of mess? No free legal advice from TMZ for him. One thing's for sure, this guy is all kinds of slimey.

1185 days ago
58.

kp    

wouldn't a airline ticket to no where been cheaper than playing DRUG PUSHER, just saying--------- maybe you can recreate your movie in prison.

1185 days ago
59.

Jen    

Melissa- it has nothing to do with race! Paris and Lindsay drove drunk, stole or whatever. This guy sold very addictive hard drugs!! Maybe you should do some research. Our justice system views selling prescription pills an extremely serious offense and usually sentenced people a very long sentence so if anything they are seeking way less in this case probably bc he is a celeb..so he is being treated exactly the same as your examples..kinda throws off your whole accusation huh?

1185 days ago
60.

blah    

¡Que lo encierren y se lo chinguen en la cárcel!

¡Huerco pendejo!

1185 days ago
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