Yeah, there are lots of very large homes in Houston that kinda look like some drug lord’s mansion. But how can you find one that’s truly authentic? Here’s one way: Look for a property that’s been put on the market by actual U.S. marshals!
Like this 5-bedroom, 4-bath pinkish-brownish stucco crib at 17907 Elk Valley Circle in Ponderosa Trails. It sits on a 2.54-acre lot on a quiet cul-de-sac just south of Cypress Creek near Kuykendahl, and comes complete with the requisite pool and patio, hot tub, double-height porte-cochere, and 4-car garage.
Sure, it sorta looks like it might be the home of a drug kingpin, but so do a lot of other big homes in town built since, say, 2000. What’s this one’s pedigree?
It’s the well-dusted home of Daron Odell Jones, who pled guilty 2 years ago in an Alabama court to possession of 150kg of cocaine, with an intent to distribute. He agreed to forfeit his home earlier this year — but an expired listing still online appears to show that his home was already for sale . . . as a foreclosure.
Jones also gave up to the feds a million dollars in cash, a 2007 Mercedes Benz S-550, a silver 2006 Maserati, a silver 2006 Ferrari F-430, a black 2007 BMW M6, 3 other cars, 4 wristwatches, a 15-karat white gold woman’s diamond ring, and a 14-karat yellow gold diamond “Jesus” pendant on a necklace.
Was this guy a legitimate drug kingpin or what?
Law enforcement officials said Jones led a drug empire supplying the Mobile, Alabama, area and had ties to a violent Mexican drug cartel. He’s now serving a 13-year sentence — less than the normal minimum of 30 years because Jones also supplied investigators with information about 18 other people involved in his business, including 5 suppliers.
And now . . . his little Houston getaway can be yours! Just think of the stories you’ll be able to tell your guests as you separately climb those dual foyer staircases!
You’ll have a chance to case the 8,024-sq.-ft. property at an open house from 10 am to 1 pm next Wednesday, March 24th. Bidding starts at $471,250, and will take place online from March 29th to 31st.
- USMS: Houston, TX – Single Family Home Situated on 2.54 Acres [Bid4Assets]
- House-hunting? US Marshals to auction former drug kingpin’s Houston mansion [KHOU, via Swamplot inbox]
- 17907 Elk Valley Cir. [Houston Family Homes]
- Houston kingpin gets 13 years for supplying dealers in Mobile, Ala., elsewhere and Dealer gives up his riches [al.com]