A Jamestown man who was arrested on drug charges, released, then cut off his ankle monitor and failed to show up in court faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and maximum of life, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Zakiel Fields Jr., 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, as well as failure to appear after his pre-trial release, prosecutors said.
In 2017, Fields conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in the Jamestown area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. On July 17 and Sept. 21, 2017, he sold the drug to an individual working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
On Nov. 6, 2017, Fields was arrested, charged and released on conditions, including electronic monitoring, prosecutors said.
On March 2, 2018, Fields cut off his ankle monitor. He was indicted and scheduled for arraignment on the indictment on April 5, 2018, but Fields failed to appear until his arrest July 13, 2018 on unrelated charges in California before returning to U.S. Western District Court, prosecutors said.