Haywood residents sentenced for drug trafficking

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Last week, Assistant District State Attorneys in Haywood County Superior Court successfully prosecuted five residents for trafficking illegal drugs.

Collectively, the defendants will spend a minimum total of 350 months in prison.

“I think putting these five drug traffickers behind bars is a clear warning to traffickers that we are committed to keeping our communities safe,” District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said.

“In addition to rooting out drug traffickers, we also know there is an equally urgent need for resources and support for those struggling with substance abuse issues.”

The five defendants prosecuted last week were:

  • Jason Keith Ashe, 34, of Waynesville, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine. He was sentenced to a minimum prison term of 70 months up to a maximum sentence of 93 months.
  • Crystalyn Newberry Jackson, 43, of Waynesville, pleaded guilty to opiate/heroin trafficking. She was sentenced to a minimum prison term of 70 months to a maximum term of 93 months.
  • Julie Ledford, 40, of Canton, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine. She was sentenced to a minimum prison term of 70 months to a maximum term of 93 months.
  • Brian Keith Leming, 39, of Waynesville, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. He was sentenced to a minimum prison term of 70 months up to a maximum sentence of 93 months.
  • Timothy Alfred Sweat, 34, of Canton, pleaded guilty to opiate trafficking. He was sentenced to a minimum prison term of 70 months up to a maximum sentence of 93 months.

Assistant District Attorneys Jeff Jones and Kate Robinette prosecuted the cases. Bradley B. Letts, Senior Resident Judge of the Superior Court, presided over the hearing. The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests and conducted the investigations.

  • 43rd Release from the District of Prosecutors

Jason Keith Ashe

Crystalyn Newberry Jackson

Julie Ledford

Brian Keith Leming

Timothy Alfred Sweatshirt

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