WILMINGTON — Weldon Motic Jackson, 52, of Weldon, was sentenced Tuesday to 154 months in prison, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of N.C. Robert J. Higdon Jr.

The sentence was received for possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, a quantity of cocaine base (crack), a quantity of marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, in April 2019, Jackson sold marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office out of the New Yorker Motel in Weldon. Thereafter, HCSO executed a search warrant at Jackson’s hotel room where they found Jackson with his juvenile child along with another man, who was attempting to flush marijuana down the toilet.

Deputies found quantities of heroin, cocaine base (crack), marijuana, and drug distribution paraphernalia, on a table in the room. In a book bag near the drugs, deputies located a loaded firearm. Upon his arrest by federal authorities, Jackson was found with additional narcotics on his person.

Higdon made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The HCSO investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted the case.

This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of N.C. implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.