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October 16, 2019

Sylva Woman Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

Jamie Lynn Swartz, 36, formerly of Sylva, N.C. N.C. was senteced 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.

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, 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. #

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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