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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Morristown Resident Sentenced to 262 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Jan. 31, 2017, Jason Wayne Helton, a.k.a. Crack Baby, 33, of Morristown, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable R. Leon Jordan, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 262 months in federal prison following a conviction for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in east Tennessee.


According to his plea agreement on file with U.S. District Court, Helton sold quantities of methamphetamine to an individual working on behalf of law enforcement on three occasions between December 2015 and March 2016. In February 2016, a federal search warrant was executed at a residence in Stone Mountain, Ga., where Helton was present and scheduled to obtain and transport an ounce and a half of methamphetamine back to Tennessee. Another federal search warrant was executed at Helton’s residence in Morristown in March 2016 which resulted in the seizure of an additional quantity of methamphetamine.


Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Grainger County Sheriff’s Office, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, Morristown, Tennessee Police Department and the Third and Fourth District Judicial Drug Task Forces. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States.


This case was a result of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s drug supply reduction strategy. OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.



Drug Trafficking
Updated February 1, 2017