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Weldon Jackson will spend 154 months in the federal prison system after his sentencing today in Wilmington on drug charges.

United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. said in a statement the 52-year-old Weldon man was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Richard E. Myers II for possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, a quantity of crack, a quantity of marijuana, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Higdon said in April of 2019 Jackson sold marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office out of the New Yorker Motel off Highway 301 outside Weldon.

The sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at Jackson’s room where they found him with his juvenile child along with another man who was attempting to flush marijuana down the toilet.  

On a table in the room, deputies found quantities of heroin, cocaine base, marijuana, and drug distribution paraphernalia.  

In a book bag near the drugs, deputies located a loaded firearm.  

Upon his arrest by federal authorities, Jackson was found with additional narcotics.

Jackson entered guilty pleas on two counts in October, according to previous court records reviewed by rrspin.

Count 1 of the indictment says on or about April 17, 2019, in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the defendant did knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, a quantity of cocaine base and a quantity of marijuana.

Count 3 says on or about the same date in count 1 Jackson, knowing he had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed a firearm.

Higdon said in the statement Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted the case, which was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program which brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer.  

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative.  

This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and district attorney’s offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.