Jacksonville armed meth trafficker sentenced in federal court

Published 3:57 pm Wednesday, November 2, 2022

From U.S. Attorney Michael Easley / Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. –– Justin Tyshawn Pickett, 30, of Jacksonville was sentenced on November 1, 2022, to 180 months in prison and 60 months supervised release for trafficking crystal methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. On April 12, 2022, Pickett pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Pickett was responsible for trafficking at least 40 grams crystal methamphetamine, 907 grams of methamphetamine, and 470 milligrams of oxycodone from June 2019 to March 18, 2021.  At the time of his arrest on March 18, 2021, Pickett possessed a loaded 9 mm handgun, marijuana, oxycodone, a fentanyl analogue, heroin, crack cocaine, baggies, a digital scale, and $2,470 in cash.  At sentencing, Judge Boyle considered Pickett’s five prior state felony convictions (including breaking and entering, felon in possession of a firearm, and drug possession) and noted the fact that Pickett was wearing a probation ankle monitor during his sale of 40 grams of crystal meth as a factor in his sentence.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Jacksonville Police Department, the Onslow and Duplin County Sheriffs’ Offices, and the ATF Wilmington Resident Office investigated the case with assistance from the N.C. Probation Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis M. Duffy prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-CR-00018-BO.