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Federal Judge Sentences Jackson Co. Woman to 70 Months for Trafficking Crystal Methamphetamine

MAR 14 (ASHEVILLE, N.C.) – U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. today sentenced Jamie Lynn Swartz, 36, formerly of Sylva, N.C. to serve 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release on drug conspiracy charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by Daniel R. Salter, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office; B.W. Collier, Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; and Sheriff Chip Hall of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, from about August 2013 to March 2015, Swartz engaged in a drug conspiracy and was responsible for trafficking crystal methamphetamine to Jackson County and surrounding areas. According to court records, Swartz was utilizing a source of supply in Atlanta, Georgia for larger quantities of crystal methamphetamine. Court records show that Swartz made frequent trips to Atlanta and purchased the drugs from her co-defendant, Lisa Keith Jenkins.

Swartz pleaded guilty in October 2015 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. She has been in federal custody since August 2015 and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

Lisa Jenkins was sentenced on February 2, 2016 to 78 months in prison and five years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The investigation was handled by the DEA, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Asheville is in charge of the prosecution.

The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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