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

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Jacksonville Man Sentenced For Drug Distribution, Firearm, And Money Laundering Charges

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that on January 20, 2015 in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JONATHAN BAYSDEN , 25, of Jacksonville, North Carolina to a total of 120 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

BAYSDEN was named in a seven count Indictment filed on May 7, 2014.  On July 14, 2014, BAYSDEN pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess With Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Oxycodone; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense; and Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments from July 2010, to May 7, 2014. 

According to the investigation, the Jacksonville Police Department, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations opened an investigation into BAYSDEN’s drug trafficking activities in 2010.  Based on that investigation, BAYSDEN was arrested on state charges in August of 2010 after a package containing just under a kilogram of marijuana was intercepted while it was in transit to BAYSDEN. A search of BAYSDEN’s residence revealed a loaded .45 caliber handgun and other items associated with drug trafficking.

BAYSDEN was released on bond.  While his case was pending, BAYSDEN was arrested again in December of 2010 after the United States Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package containing Oxycodone that was intended for BAYSDENBAYSDEN was again arrested on state charges and drug paraphernalia was seized again.

BAYSDEN was again arrested in February of 2014 after the United States Postal Inspection Service intercepted two packages containing Oxycodone that were intended for BAYSDEN.  A search warrant was again executed at BAYSDEN’s residence where investigators seized Fentanyl, Oxycontin, hydrocodone, marijuana and a loaded .40 caliber handgun.  Further investigation by law enforcement determined that BAYSDEN was receiving shipments of Oxycontin from an international source, and then selling the Oxycontin in the Jacksonville and Greenville areas.  During the course of the conspiracy, BAYSDEN sent $598,796.82 overseas to pay for illegally imported Oxycontin.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Jacksonville Police Department, and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer E. Wells represented the government.

Updated July 14, 2015