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Marion man sentenced to nearly 15 years in federal prison on drug charges

Jonathan Brooks Floyd
Jonathan Brooks Floyd has been sentenced to nearly 15-years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. (Photo credit: McDowell County Sheriff's Office)

A Marion man has been sentenced to nearly 15-years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Jonathan Brooks Floyd, 41, of Marion, was sentenced to 178 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger also sentenced Floyd to five years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

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According to the sentencing hearing and documents filed with the court, in November 2019, law enforcement became aware that Floyd was trafficking methamphetamine. During a subsequent search at Floyd’s residence, law enforcement discovered more than 625 grams of methamphetamine and five firearms. Floyd pleaded guilty to the drug charge on June 1. Floyd’s previous convictions in North Carolina, including a habitual felon conviction, contributed to the court’s prison sentence.

“This is another great example of disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations, which ultimately leads to making a positive difference in our communities,” said McDowell County Sheriff Ricky Buchanan. “I am committed to doing all we can to stop those that are profiting from others’ addictions. We will not stop it all, but we will continue to make a strong impact. Along with our local, state and federal partners, we will continue to make that impact.”

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“This investigation and arrest were the culmination of months of hard work by dedicated law enforcement in this county, as well as state and federal officials,” said Marion Police Chief Allen Lawrence. “I would like to thank them for their efforts that led to the successful prosecution of this individual. I would also like to thank our citizens for their information that started this investigation. Our citizens are truly our partners and the eyes and ears of their communities, and we are grateful for them. Illegal narcotics have a huge impact on our community, and the Marion Police Department is dedicated to stopping individuals like this.”

Floyd is currently in custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his sentence upon designation of a federal facility.

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