Feds sentence Jackson County man in drug conspiracies

BENTON — A Jackson County man was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy and crack cocaine conspiracy.

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U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says 51-year-old Harold Lawayne Barron of Murphysboro, who had previously pleaded guilty to the two-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, three years’ supervised release and was fined $400.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Barron was involved with Jamie Kay Kelly and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The methamphetamine offense happened between August 2012 and October 2013, in Jackson and Perry counties. Barron was involved with Kelly, Maurice L. Robinson and others in the distribution of crack cocaine.

The crack cocaine offense occurred between May 2013 and September 2013 in Jackson County. At sentencing, the district court found that Barron’s offenses involved at least 177 grams of pseudoephedrine and 64 grams of crack cocaine.

Kelly and Robinson were previously sentenced to imprisonment terms of seven years and seven years and three months, respectively, for their roles in the drug offenses.