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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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Luan    

This whole war on drugs is stupid.

1183 days ago
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knickfan212    

Yea,and Nicky Barnes was helping his sister pay the hair dresser.That's why he was caught with 2000 kilos of herion.

1183 days ago
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smashley    

rot in hell s***bag....

1183 days ago
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TheUltraworld    

Why didn't he just cut his friend a $90k check to get out of trouble?

1182 days ago
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james209    

too bad...i love blue mountain state!

1158 days ago
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ed    

I use several ad blockers so nobody gets any money, including me. :(

1037 days ago
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Ryan89123    

What does the stupid racist black 'LSU Guy on TMZ have to say about this fine black man?

986 days ago
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