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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fayetteville Man Sentenced in Federal Court

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced Jason Stewart hollingsworth, 41, of Fayetteville, NC to 65 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

hollingsworth was named in an Indictment filed on December 12, 2017 charging him with possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone and amphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  On July 9, 2018, Hollingsworth pled guilty to those charges. 

According to the investigation, on June 23, 2017, Fayetteville Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen, who reported a vehicle driving in circles in a parking lot near Owens Drive.  When officers responded to the scene, they found the vehicle still in motion, with HOLLINGSWORTH unconscious in the driver’s seat.  Once officers were able to safely stop the vehicle, and they noticed numerous pills and pill bottles while they were removing HOLLINGSWORTH.  Officers conducted a search of the vehicle, with the assistance of a Fayetteville Police Department K9 unit.  Officers recovered over 480 pills, containing various substances, including oxycodone and amphetamine.  Many of the pills were packaged for resale in plastic bags.  Officers also recovered a loaded 9mm handgun from the vehicle.  HOLLINGSWORTH was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm due to previous felony convictions from Cumberland County Superior Court, NC.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Fayetteville Police Department, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and NMS Labs.  Assistant United States Attorney Dena King and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jay Saunders represented the government.  Mr. Saunders is a prosecutor with the District 3-A District Attorney’s Office encompassing Pitt County.  District Attorney Kimberly Robb assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. 

Topic(s): 
Prescription Drugs
Firearms Offenses
Updated September 27, 2018