North Carolina man sentenced to six years in prison for firearm charge related to drug trafficking, possession of firearm as felon
Published 5:28 pm Monday, June 20, 2022
Jamey Owens, 51, of Henderson, was sentenced June 9, 2022 to 72 months in prison for possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Patterson pleaded guilty to the charges on October 21, 2021.
According to court records and statements made during hearings, on January 13, 2019, the Henderson Police Department, through a confidential informant, conducted a controlled buy of cocaine from Owens at his residence on State Street in Henderson. “Based on the controlled buy, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence, which they executed on January 15, 2019,” stated the release.
“Mr. Owens was present with his girlfriend. Near a couch where Owens had been sleeping, officers found two handguns. In his bedroom, they found a third pistol, and in a second bedroom they recovered a shotgun,” the release continued. “Officers found drugs stashed throughout the house, including cocaine, heroin, suspected ecstasy tablets, and marijuana. They also found four digital scales; ink stamps labeled with ‘BLACK CEASAR’ and green glassine bags, both commonly used to package heroin; two glass Pyrex dishes with a white powdery substance; and over $3000 in cash.”
Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The Henderson Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI) conducted the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake D. Pugh prosecuted the case.
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